Penrose is a community of older townhome style residential areas built around Suffolk Park in Southwest Philly. The housing areas are carefully laid out to ensure residents have access to a small backyard and they all have plenty of sidewalks with grass berms. For those of you who like to eat out, the nearest restaurants are a bit of a drive as are pet stores. The good news is that, no matter where you are in the community, you are only a short walk from Suffolk Park.
This is a very well-kept area of Philly and one that has become very popular with younger middle-class families. It is very family and dog-friendly with summer temperatures in the upper 80s. Winters here can be a bit challenging, especially when there is a nor'easter blowing in. You can expect weeks of freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, and everything in between. Better make sure you have a stout winter coat for your daily walks!
The terrain in Penrose is unusual when it comes to neighborhoods in Philly. In Penrose, there is far more natural terrain than pavement. This is the result of building the entire community around Suffolk Park. However, within the residential areas, the roads all have sidewalks for you to cruise along. The sidewalks run throughout the community rather than just along the streets, giving you an infinite selection of walking routes to choose from when you don't feel like going out into the park.
Even the sidewalks running along the roads offer a grassy berm. Be sure you carry waste bags with you to clean up the mess. One thing to keep in mind is that summer temperatures can be in the high 80s and low 90s. When it gets this hot outside, the pavement your pup has to walk on can be as hot as 135°F or more. Exercise caution to avoid any injury or discomfort.
It is unusual to come across a neighborhood in Philadelphia with more in the way of green space than paved surfaces. Yet, that is exactly what you will find in Penrose. Suffolk Park and the attached open grass area offer you acres of grass to run around on. The park covers only a small section of the entire grass area but offers two baseball fields and a children's garden.
However, the grassy section doesn't come to an end here. It runs between the two major residential sections of Penrose. You can walk and play to your heart's content or follow the sidewalks that join the different sections of Penrose together. Either way, consider yourself lucky to not have to go any further than a couple of blocks to be able to access this kind of green space. Very few who live in Philly get to enjoy this in their community!