Overbrook is an older community filled with single-family homes, rowhouse, and multi-story apartment buildings. The neighborhood is home to several NBA greats such as Wilt Chamberlain, Wayne Hightower, and Lewis Lloyd to name a few. While the demographics may have changed over the years, Overbrook is still considered a middle-class neighborhood with a low crime rate, making it perfect for taking Fido out for daily walks. There are plenty of restaurants in the area to sample and pet supply stores nearby.
The best times of the year to go walking with Fido are spring and fall when the temperatures are more moderate. Summers can be fun, but you do have to watch out for the pavement which can become hot enough to cause burns. During the winter months, the temperatures can be below freezing and there is enough snow to make walks challenging, but there are still plenty of good days to go for a stroll.
Most of Overbrook is pretty flat with a few gently rolling hills that are barely noticeable. This can make things a bit challenging when it comes to finding ways to make your walks with Fido more interesting. If your idea of going for walks is to get in a little extra endurance training, you can try varying your pace. Try sprinting for short distances in between walking. The best part is that Fido is going to run along right beside you, thinking you are just having fun the whole time.
You can try going around different blocks, searching out new things within the neighborhood neither of you has had the chance to visit, or you could take them over to Morris Park where there are plenty of trails to explore. Keep in mind that most of your walks will be on paved surfaces. You will need to keep an eye on Fido's paws to make sure they are not getting damaged.
There are not many greenways in Overbrook, but the one that sits in the middle of the community is large enough to make up for the lack of green spaces in the area. This is Morris Park, covering over 147 acres. You and Fido can enjoy hiking on miles of trails, two creeks to walk along, and tons of grass and shade trees to spend the summer playing on or relaxing under. This is great park for you to bring the entire family to for a picnic.
The other park is Fairmont Park that covers over 9,200 acres of woods, meadows, fields, and trails. The park is split down the middle by the Schuylkill River. It is also home to the world-famous Philadelphia Zoo and, in 1876, played host to our nation's Centennial Exposition. With so many miles of trails to explore, you will never have enough time to explore them all, but you can have a great time trying!