Winchell & Hillcrest Neighborhood

The Oakland / Winchell neighborhood is located on the west side of the city and named for the two main streets near which the bulk of its residents live. The western third of the neighborhood is largely undeveloped green space, centered around Asylum Lake. In the southeast corner are two city parks, both on the edge of Woods Lake. Residents are served by the Oakland Drive / Winchell Avenue Neighborhood Association.

The south shore of Woods Lake, along the border with the Oakwood neighborhood, is the former site of a succession of popular amusement parks which lasted from the 1890s to 1920s. The western shore of Woods Lake is home to Woods Lake Beach Park, which is open to the public every summer. The park has undergone several major improvements, including demolition of the previous restroom building, construction of a new restroom building with drinking fountains, and creation of a wooden dock for fishing.

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