Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park


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Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park is a grassy neig​hborhood park just shy of 4.5 acres in size located on St. Francis at Winchell Drive. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. It features an open field with a softball diamond along with play equipment and a picnic table. There is a paved path in the park which receives winter snow clearing​. The park is named in honor of Dr. Harold J. Lockett.​

Park Notices

Unless otherwise posted per City Council resolution, when a park is closed, no person shall remain in or enter it other than to quietly sit or walk.​

Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules.

Park Hours

6 a.m. – Midnight



Paved Path




Picnic Tables


Landfill Bin


Softball & Baseball Field



Access and Parking

There is street parking on Winchell Drive​ and on ​St. Francis Drive. ​Refer to posted signage regarding parking rules.

The park is accessible by foot and bicycle using the neighborhood streets around the park. Nearby Stadium Boulevard has bike lanes and sidewalks. There are no bike racks at the park.

Public Transportation

The nearest bus stop is on Medf​ord Road, and is less than a 2 minute walk from the park. There are bus stops on Stadium Boulevard as well, also a short walk to the park. ​​Visit TheRide for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​​​​



Ann Arbor's city parks sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands​ of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a land acknowledgement​​ from the city and learn more a​bout the early history of the land here.​​

The land ​for the park was acquired by the city in 1954 for a total just above $10,000. The park used to be​ named Winchell Park.

On December 6, 2021, Ann Arbor city coun​cil voted unanimously to rename the park in honor of Dr. Harold J. Lockett.​ Dr. Lockett was ​the first Black president of the Ann Arbor Board of Education. To learn more about ​the renaming decision, read Ann Arbor OKs renaming park after first Black school board president.​

Dr. Harold J. Lockett was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1924. A resident of Ann Arbor since 1953, Dr. Lockett passed away in Ann Arbor in 1994​ at the age of 70. Dr. Lockett was a child psychiatrist, assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical Center and community leader. He earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee followed by a residency at University of Michigan. Dr. Lockett served on the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education from 1965- 1971. In 1968, he was elected vice president of the board. In 1969,​ he became the board’s first Black President under the slogan, “Schools are for all the children.” Dr. Lockett believed a successful education system “… meets the needs of all people in a changing society with changing needs.” He also served as the senior child psychiatrist for the State of Michigan Department of Mental Health.

The city held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the official renaming of the park on June 25th, 2022.  In attendance was Mayor Christopher Taylor along with several members of City Council and the Park Advisory Commission (PAC). To learn more about the 2022 ceremony​, read the Naming Ceremony recap by Martha Hill.

To learn more about Dr. Lockett, read A Deep Dive into the Past--Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park​​​ by Martha Hill.​

Recent Develop​​ments

In May of 2024, the playground was expanded and a natural play area was added.


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