Penn Center is more than just the heart of the Philly Central Business District. The name of the district comes from the massive 5 million-square-foot office and retail building within the area. The region was developed after the Pennsylvania Railroad moved from the station at Broad Street in 1952. At this time, Philadelphia City Planning Commission Executive Director Ed Bacon developed the plans for what would become the Penn Center business district.
Those who live here do so in high-rise apartment buildings. While Penn Center may not offer much in the way of green space, there are parks and a dog park within walking and driving distance. There are also several pet stores within walking distance and numerous restaurants nearby that are definitely worth checking out. Summers here tend towards the warmer side with temperatures in the high 80s for most of the days. There are a few that top 90 degrees.
The terrain in Penn Center is mostly paved as you might expect in the center of the city, but thankfully, the developers saw fit to add in a number of parks within walking distance of this central district. However, you will have to cover a fair amount of pavement before you get to any of these parks unless you happen to live in one of the buildings next to a park.
Keep in mind the pavement offers three things. First, it is rough in texture, which can lead to sore paws if you don't give them enough time to build up the outer surface of them. Second, it can be freezing to the touch in the winter months, which can also cause discomfort and frostbite. Finally, once the outside temperatures reach the 80-degree mark, the pavement can become hot enough to cause burns. In other words, you must plan your walks carefully and exercise caution.
Despite being in the center of the city, there are several parks in the area for you and your pup to walk on and get your exercise in. Right beside City Hall sits Dilworth Park where you will find a splash fountain for those hot summer days, numerous seasonal activities such as an ice-skating rink, and outdoor movies. There are lawns for the two of you to walk on, but make sure you clean up any messes as this is a popular place to sit out on the lawn and enjoy summer concerts.
At the corner of Walnut St. and S. 18th St. sits Rittenhouse Square in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city. The park is the perfect place to take a walk. There are doggy bag dispensers kept filled by the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. The park is protected by a host of security cameras, making it a nice safe place to visit.