Logan Square is a large neighborhood located just northwest of the Philadelphia’s Center City. It has a combination of environments and atmospheres with some areas being full of dense urban architecture and high rises, while others have greener patches and historic houses lining the streets. It is bordered on the west by the Schuylkill River and it also contains many of Philadelphia’s most famous commercial thoroughfares within its borders such as Market Street and Spring Garden Street.
Philadelphia is a very large east coast city with weather typical of the northern Mid-Atlantic 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 east coast cities such as Baltimore or Washington. In the winter, its average lows can be a little chilly for those not prepared for it, but its summers will rarely get you too hot and uncomfortable.
The terrain is very urban and artificial, but there are a few natural areas sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. Like many areas of Philadelphia, Logan Square is extremely flat and you will not encounter any hills or sharp changes in elevation while walking with your dog. Whether you are at the southern border of the neighborhood on Market Street or near the central bisecting road of Ben Franklin Parkway, the flat and mild qualities of the terrain will remain constant.
Logan Square is consistently one of the highest-traffic areas in Philadelphia, mainly because of its popular commercial appeal, its proximity to the business district of the city’s downtown, and its population density. This only intensifies during rush hour times, meaning you will not want to be walking your dog on any of the main thoroughfares in the neighborhood. There are quieter, more residential areas with greenery and historic homes that will make for easier dog walking.
Though it can appear like a concrete jungle at many intersections, Logan Square is riddled with parks and greenways for you to explore with your dog. The neighborhood’s namesake, Logan Square, is in the center of the neighborhood and it has lots of green space with a large World War I memorial. Adjacent to this monument is Sister Cities Park which has a large amount of open green space and a fountain at its center for children to play in.
Though there are more parks in the area than can be discussed all at once, it is important to mention Paine’s Park which is located in the northwestern corner of Logan Square along the waterfront of the Schuylkill River. Though it is mostly known as a park for skateboarding, it has several little greenways, trails, and open grassy areas that you can enjoy with your dog at your side.