Bella Vista is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia, located a few blocks beneath Center City. It is a popular area for both tourists and locals alike and was ranked the “best place to live” in Philadelphia by Phillymag in 2016. It has several local attractions including the annual Italian Market Festival, the Fleisher Art Memorial, and the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Along with these, there are tons of locally-renowned eateries, bars, and entertainment that make it a sought-after location in the city.
Philadelphia is a very large east coast city with weather that is common in the eat coast region of the United States. It doesn’t get as cold as its northern neighbor of New York City, but it also doesn’t get as warm as other east coast cities such as Baltimore or Washington. In the winter, its average lows are in the high twenties and low thirties and its summers are rarely too oppressive.
The terrain in Bella Vista is artificial and very flat, a trait that remains true throughout every part of the neighborhood. There will be no slopes or inclines that you will encounter on a walk, making it easy terrain to navigate with your dog. Though it isn’t located in the heart of the city and there aren’t any skyscrapers in the neighborhood, Bella Vista still has a very urban feel with few natural areas.
This isn’t the busiest section of Philadelphia, but there will still be a good amount of traffic with both cars on the streets and people walking on the sidewalks. South Street, Christian Street, Washington Avenue, and E. Passyunk Avenue are the major commercial thoroughfares that run through the neighborhood. They are fine to walk on outside of regular rush hour times, but become clogged when commuters are going to and from work.
There are several parks and greenways within the immediate borders of Bella Vista and also several options for dog walking just outside of the neighborhood. In the northwest corner of Bella Vista, you will find Palumbo Recreation Center which is the largest park in the neighborhood. It stretches for 3 acres and has several athletic fields, open green space, and an indoor multi-purpose facility. Though the park makes for a fine place for dog walking, there are even better options nearby.
Cianfrani Park, located just a few blocks east of Palumbo Recreation Center, is smaller in size but more casual in nature. It features a playground, a small garden, a baseball diamond, and there are small trails that run through the center of the park which you can walk on with your dog. Other than these two parks, there are others that can still be found in Bella Vista that are perfectly suited for dog walking.