Set within a beautiful encircling of green parks, New Springville is ideally located for dog walkers. This quiet neighborhood can be found slap-bang in the middle of Staten Island. To the east, it is bordered by Latourette Park while its northern border is generally cited as the campus of the CUNY College of Staten Island. Richmond Avenue and the William T. Davis Wildlife refuge are its western boundary. To the south, you have Richmond Hill Road and Heartland Village.
New Springville is limited in terms of the animal amenities available. Luckily, in the neighboring Heartland Village, there is a shopping mall that should provide you with most of your requirements. A pet supply store can be found in the Richmond Shopping Center. You’ll also find Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue nearby that will provide you with all the veterinary services you require. For grooming services, head to Wild Avenue.
New Springville is moderately hilly, so if your fitness levels are low, you may want to plan your route to avoid the areas of the highest elevation. Staten Island, as a whole, raises to a peak at its central point around Todt Hill and Manor Heights. This incline begins to really take effect around the northeast end of the neighborhood, so it’s here you’ll start to experience some hilly terrain. Luckily, in the southwest around Heartland Village, the terrain is much lower and flatter, so you don’t have to walk far to avoid the steep gradients.
New Springville is a neighborhood that consists solely of blocks of houses. The terrain is entirely artificial directly within its boundaries. However, one of the biggest advantages of the area is that it is surrounded by animal refuges, parks, and recreation grounds, so you’re never far from somewhere that will feel more natural.
As previously stated, there are a wealth of greenways surrounding New Springville and you’re really spoiled for choice. The William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge can be found just northwest of the neighborhood, accessed via Travis Avenue. This is a beautiful nature reserve, aimed at protecting the animals that live in the area. It consists of a boardwalk, salt marsh, and wetlands. It’s a great spot for bird watching or just simply taking your pooch for a stroll.
Fresh Kills Park and its large river can be found just south of New Springville. This is another beautiful walk along the waterway. Alternatively, head east to Latourette Park where you’ll find manicured lawns surrounding a stunning historic mansion. There are also a number of hiking trails as well as a golf course should you fancy ditching the pooch for a round of 9-holes. Willowbrook City Park has a little lake and can be found just north of New Springville.