In addition to the unique array of stately turn- of-the-century homes and quaint cottages of the 30s and 40s vintage, another important aspect of neighborhood life is an abundance of parks with unusual nature trails. Allsopp Park literally twists through the neighborhood and is comprised of two steep ravines and several high promontories where visitors can enjoy scenic vistas of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River. Newly restored picnic areas, tennis courts, a ball field, and other recreational attractions are found within Allsopp Park. However, most of it remains a natural woodland enjoyed by hikers, bikers, and those fortunate Hillcrest residents whose homes overlook the ravines.
Picturesque Knoop Park also has become a popular neighborhood attraction since its official dedication by city officials in 1989. Named after former Little Rock Mayor Werner Knoop and his wife Faith Yingling Knoop, the park is located on a wooded hill overlooking the city. The park has paved pathways, attractive rock-walled vistas, and picnic areas. The beautiful promenade along Kavanaugh Boulevard serves as the southern entrance to Hillcrest’s Allsopp Park. Using funds from the city’s 1987 bond program for park and sidewalk improvements, a series of seating areas, drinking fountains, planters, and other landscaping was created for public use. It also incorporated the WPA-era stonework that remained at the eastern stairway, and provided a new sidewalk on the southern side of the promenade.