Ogontz is mainly a residential area made up of the type of row houses typical of most areas of Philly. There are some areas of single-family homes on tree-lined streets. The entire community has a nice family-friendly feel to it, making it a great place for younger families with children and dogs. There are several parks nearby including Wister Wood Park, Awbury Park, and Wissahickon Valley Park just to the southwest. If you like to eat out or spend the night out hitting the local bar for a pint of your favorite beer, you won't find much within the community, but if you like peace and quiet with good neighbors, then Ogontz is just what you are looking for.
One of the best parts of having good neighbors is that when the snow flies, you have help keeping the sidewalks clear. In return, you get to share a summer barbecue as the sun shines down on Philly all summer long.
There are no great rewards for the terrain here. Beyond a few slightly rolling hills, there isn't much beyond blocks of sidewalks and single-family row houses with the occasional corner store. That being said, the community is relatively well-kept and the sidewalks are wide enough for you to walk along. Many even have grass berms for soft footing. Be a good pet owner and carry waste bags with you as no one likes berms full of waste!
Walking on pavement can be hard on your pup's paws from the rough surface that can rub them raw to extremes in temperature ranging from freezing in the winter to scorching in the summer. The best thing you can do is give your dog's paws plenty of time to toughen up by starting out with short walks. Consider taking your walks in the early morning in the summer when the pavement is still cool.
People who live in Ogontz are fortunate in that there are several greenways and parks within the community. While some are vacant lots that have been turned in greenways where you can let your pup romp around, the parks give you shade trees and trails to walk on.
Kemble Park offers trails for you to enjoy, a basketball court, a playground, and lots of grass for the two of you to run around on with shade trees to relax under while your barbecue cooks. This is a very family-friendly park for everyone.
Harpers Hollow Park on Ogontz Ave. and Kemble Ave. is a wide swath of shade trees following the curve of W. Grange Ave. Although there are no facilities here, it's a nice cool place in the summer for you and your pup to play during the dog days of summer when the temperatures are in the high 80s or low 90s.