Wynnefield Heights is a family-friendly community of single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums next to the Schuylkill River and I-76. It is also home to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. There are several restaurants nearby serving Eastern Mediterranean and Chinese cuisine. The nearest pet supply stores and enclosed dog parks are only a short drive away. The community is also surrounded by woods that are part of West Fairmount Park, home of the 1876 Centennial Fair.
With so much in the way of heavy woods around the community, spring and fall are the perfect time to go walking. Summers are wonderful under the shade of the trees, but when it comes to winter, you will need some heavy cold weather gear and your pup may just need some booties to keep their feet from getting frostbite when the mercury is hiding in the bulb at the bottom of the thermometer.
The terrain here is typically suburban. The single-family homes have decent yards while the apartment buildings have plenty of grass around them. There are plenty of sidewalks for you to enjoy going for strolls around the neighborhood on. Paved paths make a great place to take short walks but can be hard on your dog's paws. The rough surface can tear them up if you don’t give them plenty of time to toughen up.
At the same time, during the summer months, the pavement can reach temperatures of 130°F, which is hot enough to cause some burns and discomfort. You'll want to avoid this as best as you can! The good news is that you don't have to walk very far on paved surfaces as the community sits on the edge of West Fairmount Park where there are acres of woods, miles of trails, and athletic fields for the two of you to exercise on.
The community of Wynnefield Heights sits in the middle of a vast green space. West Fairmount Park is one biggest urban parks in the city and was, at one time, home to the nation's Centennial Exposition in 1876. The event brought over 10 million visitors to the area from all over the world. Today, the park offers you a quiet refuge from the city. It covers over 2,000 acres and includes miles of trails, gently rolling hills, and more shade than you can find virtually anywhere else in the city. You could spend the entire summer exploring the trails and woods around your home.
The park is also home to the Philadelphia Zoo, one of the top zoos in the country. For the more ambitious, there is a paved trail running along the Schuylkill River for miles in either direction that you can use to log some serious miles.