Melrose Park Gardens is a small community of older rowhouses south of Cheltenham. The area is located alongside the Tacony Creek Park and surrounds the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School. All of the streets are lined with sidewalks and grass berms, giving you plenty of room for you to get out and stretch your legs. There are a number of restaurants nearby worth trying out and pet supply stores in driving distance. Despite its age, this is a very clean and well-kept neighborhood. You should feel safe taking your pup out during the day for walks.
While Philly might see several weeks of below-freezing weather, the average annual snowfall is only 15 inches. The one thing to watch out for is sleet and ice when going for walks. There are going to be days when you might want to stay home until the sidewalks have been cleared.
The ground here is mostly flat and doesn't offer much of a challenge when it comes to taking your pooch out for daily walks. But, of course, if you are up to being a little more creative, you can try taking a stroll around different blocks, add more in as you get stronger, or take your pup to the fields behind the school after school hours.
Walking here in the summer months has its own share of issues. Let's start by saying that when the sun is shining and the temperature is in the 70s, the temperature of the sidewalk will be around 120°F. It gets worse in July and August when the temperatures are in the 80s and the pavement temperatures can become hot enough to cause injury and burns to sensitive puppy paws. During the summer months, be sure to take your walks during the morning when the pavement is still cool enough.
Melrose Park Gardens is symbolic of any Philly neighborhood with a blend of row houses, paved roads and sidewalks, and moderately sized yards with plenty of shade trees. Behind the school is a vast green space where you and your pooch may be able to stretch your legs after school hours. Be sure to clean up any messes!
However, you can also take walks in the Tacony Creek Park that borders the community to the east. Along with plenty of grass and shade trees, there is a paved trail known as The Tacony Creek Trail that runs for 3.2 miles alongside the Tacony Creek. The trail will take you past parks with ballfields, the JC Melrose Country Club, and the Tacony Creek Park as you walk along it. This trail is the perfect place for you and your dog to get in your daily walks and those weekend hikes where you are going for distance.