This tiny square community in the heart of Philadelphia is notable for its development of a middle-class neighborhood for the African American community in the early 1960s. The neighborhood has been hailed as a hub for working class families, professionals, and educators, and was one of the first of its kind across the country. The residents of Yorktown are proud of their community and work hard to keep it as it was during it earliest times of development.
Yorktown is mainly residential, but on its outskirts, you will find plenty of amenities from places to stop for coffee to grocery stores. There is not a lot of retail in the area, so your pup’s treats and other needs will have to come from other neighborhoods that offer more in the commercial sector.
Philadelphia's climate is typical of the rest of the east coast. The winters tend to be cold and snow is not uncommon, so be prepared with a warm jacket.
Philadelphia is, for the most part, completely flat and this includes the neighborhood of Yorktown. This can be good news for those who have little interest in hard workouts as they walk their dog and their only goal is giving Rocket a bit of exercise and some fresh air. Given the small to nonexistent yards in this neighborhood, it can be good for your pup to get out and stretch their legs a bit.
If daily walks are your goal, varying up your walks can help you to not get so bored and give Rocket a chance to see some new terrain. Keep in mind that dogs see with their nose and explore their environment with smell, so make sure to give them a bit of time to explore some of their surroundings. The grassy shoulders in this area are small, but there is typically at least a little bit of greenery on the streets for your curious pup to explore.
Unfortunately, since this area is very urban, there are no greenways or parks in the neighborhood. You will find a small park about three blocks to the west. Ingersoll Park is nothing more than a patch of grass with some benches, but if you are looking for a place where you can give your pup a bit more leash to wander and explore, it is better than the tiny patches of grass in Yorktown.
If Rocket is yearning for some real freedom, there are few dog parks that are not too far away. The Green Street Dog Park is to the southwest and the Palmer Doggie Depot sits to the east. Each of these dog parks allows your pup to run free and enjoy the pleasure of playing with other dogs. Both dog parks are within walking distance for some but are also only a few minutes by car.