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Modena, also referred to as Modena Park, is a residential neighborhood located in northeast Philadelphia. The community has several sports fields and recreational facilities as well as schools strung through throughout the area. There is a commercial area, Academy Plaza, located on the north side of the neighborhood. Academy Plaza features several retail shops, local eateries, and other services that Modena residents can reach on foot. 

The weather for pedestrian travel in Philadelphia is usually cooperative, although it can be somewhat on the wet side. Winter temperatures are usually above freezing, although cold snaps and snow may occur during winter months. Summer days are hot and humid, some days extremely so, and weather extremes in summer or winter should be avoided while walking your dog. Fortunately, most Philly days are pleasant for walking and spring and fall temperatures are moderate. Just remember a raincoat and umbrella for rainy days!

Terrain in Modena
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The community is mostly residential and was built in 1963. Homes reflect that period's architectural style and consist mostly of two-story row houses. Woodhaven Road, also known as Route 63, is a very busy thoroughfare with several lanes of traffic and is not amenable to pedestrian travel with pets. If you are walking with your dog, take care to watch for traffic. 

The terrain is relatively flat and residential roads tend to curve. There is some landscaping with lawns, gardens, and mature trees in residential locations, although the community is not densely foliaged. The green space on the north side, Byberry Creek and Ravine, runs along Modena's south side. The Waltons Run Creek and Ravine is on the north border and public recreational facilities provide more trees and open areas for residents and pups to enjoy on walks. 

The airport and a light industrial area is on the north and is not a pedestrian-friendly area. This area should be avoided.

Greenways in Modena
Neighborhoods in Philadelphia have an average of:
10 Greenways
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Walton Run Creek is located on the north border of Modena and Byberry Creek and Ravine is located on the south. These natural areas have rough terrain and waterways and there are nature trails in the areas where people can walk their dogs, however, these trails are not maintained and should be used with caution as terrain can be treacherous, especially during wet weather.

A short distance to the southeast, the Poquessing Valley Park provides 32 acres of green space and a 1.5-mile maintained greenway, the Poquessing Creek Trail. This trail is a wide, asphalt path that is used by cyclists and pedestrians alike. The Poquessing Creek meanders through the park and there are lots of trees and some open spaces to explore with your dog. Many local critters make their homes here. Keep your dog on a leash in Poquessing Park so as not to disturb birds and other creatures for whom this park provides natural habitat.

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