Pastorius Park is a 16-acre green space in the northern Philadelphia neighborhood of Chestnut Hill that's full of natural beauty and things to do. You and your pup are sure to love the rolling lawns and forests full of trees to sniff. You're also sure to make friends. So many people bring their pooches here that local media have dubbed Pastorius Park one of Philadelphia's "unofficial dog parks." Just keep in mind if you see other dogs romping off-leash that leash laws still apply here. People who don't keep their dogs on a leash are subject to citations and fines.
The central feature of Pastorius Park is its beautiful pond, which is surrounded by a lawn of inviting soft grass. The thick bank of trees that encircle the lawn provide ample shade in warmer months and turn into a winter wonderland after a snow. It's an equally ideal space for a spirited romp or a relaxed afternoon picnic. You can bring your own blanket or use one of the well-placed benches around the pond. It's a good idea to bring your own treats, and you'll definitely need to bring your own waste bags and water.
Inspired by Hyde Park in London, Pastorius Park was designed to be a passive space for personal enjoyment as well as a place to gather as a community. An amphitheater was incorporated into the design so the park could host public events. Thanks to the forward thinking of early park designers, Pastorius Park is now the site of a summer concert series that allows you to enjoy live music with your favorite yowler by your side, ready to sing along with you.
Bring your dog with you to Pastorius Park for either a peaceful pastoral experience or to rock out with the band. Either way, you're sure to end the day with a smile and a wag.