Settled in 1653, this area started out as swamp which turned out to be rich farmland and remained such until the Real Good Construction Company came in to develop the land. This neighborhood is now home to a huge commercial sector which has become a destination place for much of Queens. With many of the major retailers finding a home here, many of New York’s residents find their way to this area do much of their shopping. There are also animal hospitals and groomers and a wide range of stores, restaurants, and other retail spaces. A lot of places serving outdoors and an open-air farmer’s market are just a few of the businesses that easily cater to dog walkers.
Enjoy walking from spring to fall with just a caution about the hottest days where the heat and hot sidewalks could be unsafe for Fido. Winters can be cold and snowy, but not always, so they are very hit and miss.
The majority of Rego Park is quite flat. You might find a small elevation change here and there, but some of them are so subtle, you might not even notice. The neighborhood is cut in half by the railroad tracks, so the walking areas are actually quite small. You can cross the tracks but only in a couple of areas, otherwise, you are relegated to your part of the neighborhood for the purpose of walking.
Many of the areas in Rego Park are very urban with lots of retail businesses and mostly multi-family housing. These areas have little else than a sidewalk with some trees. That is not to say there is not a lot to explore and look at as these areas are full of sights, smells, and sounds that are sure to keep your pup entertained. There is a lot of single-family housing in Rego Park as well and on these streets, tree-lined sidewalks are the norm.
All of the greenways in Rego Park are either playgrounds or school property, neither of which Fido is allowed on. So if you want to take your dog on an adventure to really feel the grass under their feet, then you will have to leave the neighborhood to do so. Fortunately, there are some big parks in the area that will fit the bill.
The closest is Juniper Valley Park. Dogs are welcome and, in fact, the park is an off-leash area where you can take your dog before 9 am and after 9 pm. There is also a place for you to get a bite to eat.
To the east is Flushing Meadows Corona Park which is interconnected to other parks and has lengthy hiking trails that will keep you busy for hours. Forest Park to the south is much the same in that there are miles of trails for you to explore with Fido.