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Hidden Treasures: Pennypack Park, Pennsylvania

Northeast Philadelphia is a melting pot of rowhomes and single houses, mom and pop businesses and corporate chains. Convenient stores are plentiful and the often busy streets have become traffic nightmares, thanks to construction projects that have occupied our neighborhoods.

Yet, despite the madness that can inhabit our days, residents of Northeast Philadelphia can find an oasis within walking distance or a quick drive down the road. Nine miles of nature, history and entertainment is at our doorsteps and has been for the past 105 years.

Pennypack Park is a jogger's paradise. It also ranks high amongst bikers, power walkers and families looking for something educational and relaxing to do. Horse trails weave in and out of a vast wall of trees and the park itself takes a dramatic end with breathtaking views of Delaware River. Pennypack Park is also a popular spot for fishing and the creek is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.

During the summer months, residents of Northeast Philadelphia can jam to their favorite music every Wednesday night. Completely donor funded, Pennypack Park's Summer Concert Series offers free musical events, featuring live bands and covering the popular music of the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and more.

Best of all, the noise of the street can be muffled by the trees and replaced by song birds. After a busy day, aren't you glad you live near Pennypack Park?

Christina Cartalfalsa is a Seed.com contributor.

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