Weather for foot travel in Staten Island neighborhoods can be wonderful, with cool breezes off the water and sunny warm days depending on the season, however, rain, humidity, cooler winter weather, and Atlantic storms can also hamper foot travel, depending on the season. Check weather forecasts if venturing out on long excursions on foot. Some local businesses and sights can be accessed on foot in the Rossville area, however, most pedestrians walking their dogs stick to quiet residential areas.
The Rossville area has hilly areas and sloping roadways. Street patterns vary depending on the area. The West Shore Expressway runs along the northwest side of the community and impedes foot traffic in the area. Overpasses and underpasses allow foot traffic to cross this major roadway to access waterfront areas. There are many single-family homes, and townhouse complexes are also prevalent in the area. As commercial areas are also present within the community, traffic on major roadways can be heavy at times, and pedestrians with their dogs need to watch for traffic. Keep your dog leashed for safety. There are plenty of green lawns, gardens, and properties in the area, for you and your dog to enjoy on strolls through the neighborhood, just be aware of many winding roads, hills, and large trees in the area, that while scenic for walking, can hamper sightlines for vehicles who may not be aware of pedestrians and their pets crossing roadways.
The grounds and greenspaces of the Grand Oaks Country Club and South Shore Golf Club can be enjoyed by locals walking their dogs along bordering residential roads, although access to the private grounds is not available. Bordering the community to the north, the Freshkills Park is currently being developed. When complete this wilderness natural area and park will have 2,200 acres of natural areas and trails for residents and their dogs to enjoy. Within Rossville, several undeveloped parcels and green spaces between properties in the residential and commercial areas can be enjoyed by local dog owners and their pets, and many residents have large fenced yards to enjoy off-leash play with their canine companions.
A short drive to the south, the large 138-acre Bloomingdale Park allows dogs on-leash and features two chain link, off-leash dog runs which can be enjoyed by Rossville locals and their pets.