Hillcrest is a mostly single-family historic neighborhood in Little Rock, Arkansas. Hillcrest was developed by a group of Michigan developers who purchased 800 acres of what was described as oak grove-topped, cool, 350-foot "highlands" west of the city in 1891. That same year Edgar E. Moss, who would later become a mayor of The Heights, built the first home in the neighborhood at 3820 Hill Road. That home was bulldozed in 1959.
In 1904 work was begun on Forest Park, which held a 1,500 seat auditorium, pavilion, zoo, carousel, and fun house. Children could also take free rides in goat carts or go skating. The park became the site of the Pulaski County Fair during World War I. In 1916 the fair departed for Fair Park. now known as War Memorial Park. In 1921 Forest Park was purchased by the White City amusement company which built a pool where the Heights Theater now stands. The pool was taken over by the Little Rock Recreation Commission in 1934 and remodeled. The pool was destroyed in 1939.
Annexation by Little Rock
Hillcrest became a part of the City of Little Rock in an annexation agreement in 1916. Today, the Hillcrest neighborhood supports a number of shops and restaurants, as well as the First Thursday Shop 'N' Sip gallery walk in the summer months. Local restaurants include Acadia, Nu Cuisine Lounge, SO, Ferneau, and The Fountain.
- Jerry Dean, "In Early Days, Hillcrest was 'Way Out West,'" Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 15, 1989.