Dongan Hills is a community in Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City. It is located in the eastern side of the island and is neighbored by Ocean Breeze Park on its eastern side. To the south, you have Midland Beach, a coastal area whose boundary is Seaview Avenue. Just north of Dongan Hills is the area of Old Town with the boundary generally defined as Old Town Road. Heading inland, west of Dongan Hills is Richmond Road and the affluent area of Todt Hill.
You have a number of options for pet amenities in the area. Four Corners Veterinary Practice is situated on Richmond Hill Road. It's ideally located to be reached from Todt Hill and Midland Beach, making it perfect if you happen to be in any of the surrounding areas. In the south of the area, you can find Dongan Hills Veterinary Practice on Dongan Hills Avenue.
Dongan Hills marks the start of the incline towards the highest point on Staten Island. Therefore, you will encounter some gradients as you walk through the neighborhood. You’ll find that if you head westwards towards Todt Hill, you’ll be climbing uphill to steeper terrain. If you’re looking to avoid this sort of incline, head in the direction of the coast down to Midland Beach or South Beach. It does mean that on the way back you’ll experience some hills, but these should be less severe than if you walk in the direction of the summit.
Dongan Hills is a residential neighborhood comprised of a series of streets and houses and the majority of the terrain is artificial. It is typical of an inner-city location in this way and you’ll have to head to one of the area’s greenways to find anything remotely natural. This shouldn’t be too hard as there are a number of them within walking distance.
Dongan Hills neighbors the expansive greenway that is Ocean Breeze Park. This is the largest greenway in Staten Island with around 110-acres of grassland, sand dunes, wetlands, and other natural habitats that are perfect for exploring with your pooch in tow. There are miles of hiking trails which are regularly used by families, especially on the weekends. This large park is so big that it will never feel busy and you’ll always be able to find a quiet spot if that’s what you’re looking for.
Another greenway in Dongan Hills is Last Chance Pond Park. It is located on Zoe Street and Naughton Boulevard in the south of the neighborhood. Here, you’ll find a quiet creek that runs through its center. It’s almost more of a nature preserve than a park and you’ll find a lot of dense forest. You’ll also find sports courts nearby which are great for if you’re walking the kids to their ball game.