As a national historic district that has roots in the 18th century, West Powelton is made up of mostly Victorian twin homes as well as some row housing. Most of the commercial center is situated on Market St. or just south of there, however, Lancaster on the east side of West Powelton is also home to several businesses including those serving food and drink. Just to the north of the neighborhood in Belmont, you can find all of your pup’s favorite treats and toys. The neighborhood does have its own vet, should Sparky need it.
The weather in Philadelphia leaves you plenty of time for some great walks. Fall is usually crisp but dry and you have all of the colors from the trees to enjoy along the way. Spring is usually mild but sometimes rainy. Summers are walkable, but hot sidewalks can be a concern. Winters are probably your biggest concern, with cold weather and snow likely.
Most of Philadelphia is as flat as a pancake and West Powelton is no exception. If you are looking for a casual stroll to give Sparky a bit of fresh air and a chance to stretch their legs, you will enjoy the ease of walking throughout this neighborhood. It can be easy to get bored without any hills to climb and little in the way of grass or greenery for your inquisitive pup to enjoy, so you might want to mix up your walks a bit, striking out in a new direction every so often. Sparky will enjoy all the new smells and sounds.
This is an old area, so be wary of some of the sidewalks that are quite old and in need of repair. Keep in mind that early morning walks are always a good idea for your dog on hot days, since the sidewalks will be too hot for their feet.
There are two greenways in West Powelton, one of which is the large Vidas Athletic complex in the central region of the neighborhood. This is primarily made up of athletic fields which are not the place to walk your dog. The other is a park called Saunders Park. This park is small, but it has a lot going for it. It is dog-friendly, so if your pup really needs some grass to roll in, this might be the place to go. If you time it just right, you might catch one of the food trucks that stops by here on a daily basis to grab a bite to eat or something to drink!
If you are looking for a bigger adventure West Fairmount Park is just two miles away and has over 1,400 acres for you to explore. You will find trails, historic sites, and landmarks that are perfect for you and your pup to enjoy.