Juniata Park is a predominantly working-class community of single-family houses located in Northeast Philly. It is an exceptionally diverse community, but one that is very friendly with plenty of nearby shopping areas and easy access to public transportation. Like many other areas in Philadelphia, the residential spaces are mostly paved with little in the way of green spaces. The neighborhood is home to the St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. There are several dog-friendly parks along with pet supply stores.
Those who choose to call Juniata Park home can enjoy a full four seasons with winters offering bitter cold temperatures in the 20s with the risk of lake effect winds and snow that can make it even worse. Summers, on the other hand, tend to be hot and humid with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s and humidity levels which can make walking fairly sticky on the worst days.
For the most part, the ground in the Juniata Park area of Philly is pretty flat and paved. This might sound rather unexciting, but in fact, most of the residential areas are packed into small communities surrounded by industrial and business parks. The idea behind walking in these neighborhoods is to be as inventive as possible with your daily walks. Try walking at different times of the day or going around different blocks to add some variety. This will help make them a little more interesting.
One thing to keep in mind is that during the summer months, the pavement can become hot enough to burn your pup's paw pads. While early mornings and late evenings might be a better time of day to go for a walk, the area can be a bit dangerous at certain hours, which means you should never go walking alone, even when you have your pup at your side.
Green spaces are hard to come by within the community, but to the north, there is the Tacony Creek Park where the two of you can get in a little play time. You can go for hikes along the Tacony Creek Trail which is a paved path that wanders its way through East Oak Land and Juniata Park. Along the trail, you will find plenty of spots to go bird-watching or to simply stop and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park also houses the Ferko Playground and plenty of green spaces for the two of you to play on.
The area also encompasses three major cemeteries which, while they're kept perfectly green most of the year, might be a good place to walk your dog as long as there are no rules against doing so. Be sure you take plenty of bags with you to clean up.