The Fairmount District, often just referred to as Fairmount, is a large neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia. The boundaries of the neighborhood are defined by Spring Garden Street in the south, Girard Avenue in the north, Broad Street in the east, and the Schuylkill River in the west. Though somewhat removed from Center City, Fairmount still maintains a residential urban atmosphere. It is also known for being home to several major art museums in Philadelphia as well as local eateries and bars.
Located in the northern Mid-Atlantic region, Philadelphia temperatures are somewhat moderated by its location along the east coast. New York has a tendency to get colder than Philly, so those who are trying to avoid blizzard conditions may prefer this area to other areas further north. Summers can still be a little warm as they tend to reach temperatures of around ninety degrees, but rarely climb any higher.
Though most of the city of Philadelphia is known for being flat and mild, there are a few areas in Fairmount with small hills and inclines. Especially around Fairmount Avenue, one of the main drags in the neighborhood, you will find some small changes in elevation that typically slope upwards toward the north. However, these changes are so small that they shouldn’t prove to be much of a challenge for you or your dog at all.
This isn’t a major business district in the city, but it is still a high-traffic area. Because of the large population as well as the high amount of small businesses and commuters, the main commercial thoroughfares and public transit roads are often very busy with foot and street traffic. Still, Fairmont is a great neighborhood for dog walking even though it can, at times, be a bustling part of the city.
There are several parks and greenways in Fairmount for you and your dog to explore. Roberto Clemente Park, found in the lower central part of the neighborhood, is a mid-sized park with some small open green spaces and athletic facilities. It is also a significant location for lots of TV viewers, who might recognize it as the basketball court from the opening sequence of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Francisville Playground can be found near the center of Fairmont and it is a much larger park with a popular playground for local children in the area. It has wide swathes of open green space and walking trails that have been revitalized in recent years. There are also several gardens, greenways, and parks on the western edge of Fairmont directly adjacent to the Schuylkill River that can be explored alongside many of the area's famous art museums.