Hunting Park is a large neighborhood in North Philadelphia, most famous for the park of the same name that sits at its center. The neighborhood is somewhat removed from most of the major activity in downtown Philadelphia, but it still has a well-established community with small businesses and residential areas. The area has seen a recent increase in crime and drug-related activities, but revitalization efforts by activists in the community have made great strides in keeping the community positive and vibrant.
Despite being further north, Philadelphia still doesn't experience as extreme winter weather as one might expect on this side of the east coast. However, you should still expect to keep a jacket on you during the winter months. Luckily, it's balanced out by the summers that can get a little warm, but rarely to the point where it's unbearable. You can be comfortable with the idea that it will never break ninety degrees.
The terrain in Hunting Park is fairly flat, but relative to most of the city of Philadelphia, it is actually one of the city’s hilliest areas. Most of its residential sections are mild with no hills, but there are some major roads such as W. Hunting Park Avenue that have some inclines and valleys. These changes in elevation aren’t drastic, however, and they shouldn’t cause any problems for you or your dog.
Hunting Park isn’t as busy as a lot of the more popular sections of Philadelphia, but there will still be a fair amount of foot and street traffic, especially during rush hour. There is more foot traffic than average in this part of the city, as many of the residents walk to school or work. Hunting Park still feels very urban, but it is not as artificial as parts of the city closer to downtown.
There are several parks and greenways within the borders of Hunting Park, but the largest and most significant by far is the park the neighborhood is named after. This park stretches for 87 acres in the northern part of the neighborhood. It is a branch of the even larger Fairmount Park which extends beyond the boundaries of the neighborhood. In it, there are forests, open green spaces, park benches, walking trails, and many other amenities that made it a staple for Philadelphia park-goers in the past. Because of crime and drug activity, the park is less safe to traverse at night in recent times.
In the very northwestern corner of the neighborhood, you can also find Nicetown Park. This park, though much smaller than Hunting Park, still has a playground and plenty of open green space and is home to outdoor festivals in Philadelphia several times a year.