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Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Park Address:2250 Winchell Dr, Ann Arbor MI 4810​4​

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Hours and Rules
Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules. Smoking is prohibited, ​alcohol is prohibited and dogs must be on leash.  ​

Overview​

Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park is a grassy neighborhood 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.​ The park is named in honor of Dr. Harold J. Lockett. Read about the life achievements and contributions of the parks namesake: Deep Dive i​nto the Past--D. Harold J. Lockett Park by Martha Hill. ​​

Park Dedication: A dedication ceremony is being held on Saturday, June 25th at 1pm!


​Access and Parking

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

The park is accessible by foot and bicycle using the neighborhood streets surrounding the park.​ Nearby Stadium Boulevard has bike lanes and sidewalks.

Public Transportation: The nearest bus stop​ is on Medford 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 The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​​


Amenities

  • Benches and picnic tables, view asset map​ for amenity locations
  • Playground with structure and swings
  • Baseball/softball diamond
  • Paved path with winter maintenance



Volunteer 

There are many opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. GIVE 365 and the seasonal Adopt-a-Park Program offer volunteer opportunities ranging from a 90-minute commitment to a more long term ongoing role. If you are feeling the call to volunteer or give some time, reach out or explore the websites above to see what’s upcoming or how to get involved. 


Report a Problem - A2 Fix It 

To report any maintenance issues or other problem during your park visit, please report through A2Fix It​. Keep in mind that parks are large spaces and A2 Fix It requests can be difficult to find without detailed information. When reporting an issue in a park please include location details. There is a details and description section near the end of the request process to help you provide this. In addition, users can utilize the pin (website) or X (mobile app) feature to provide specific location information inside the park. Finally, please consider including a wide angle photo or include background landmarks, which helps staff find and fix the problem. ​​​​​​


Gifts and Donations

Information on donating to the parks and the Guide to Giving can be found here. Alternatively if you have a special project or park improvement idea that you want to donate your time and energy toward, a great place to start is through Adopt-a-Park and the proposing a special park project​ guide. For information on donating a tree through Adopt-a-Park, the tree donation guide​​​​​​​ can help you get started.


History​

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

Ann Arbor city council unanimously voted on a Dec. 6, 2021 resolution to rename the park in honor of Dr Harold J. Lockett, the first Black president of the Ann Arbor Board of Education.  To learn more about Dr. Lockett and the renaming decision, read a December 2021 MLiVE article 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 U of M. 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, and 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.


Dr. Harold J. Lockett

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

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Updated June 2022. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.​​​​