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Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park

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Each week Ann Arbor with Kids is profiling a different playground in the Ann Arbor area including Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, etc. Today we are profiling Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park part of the Ann Arbor system.

Ann Arbor’s Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park

Ann Arbor’s Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park is located on Winchell Ave behind St Francis Church. Its proximity to Stadium Blvd makes it easy to visit. With a single structure with both low easy elements and harder tlal elements, swings, a sandbox, and a softball field the Park has something…

Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park – Playground Features

Playground Profile Last Updated: July 4, 2017

This playground profile was collected prior to our new format which did not gather all of this data. We have included our best guess in the conversion and will add them to our list to be updated. Information most likely to be incorrect is number of slides and structures

Playground Best for: Kids Under 5, Kids 5-8, Kids 8-12
Structures: 1
Accessible Structure: No
Slides: 3, Straight Slide, Curved Slide, Racer Slide
Monkey Bars: Yes
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: No
Merry Go Round: No
Bouncers: No
See Saw: No
Sandbox: Yes
Natural Play: No
Swings: 2 traditional swings, 2 baby swings, 0 parent/baby swings, 0 adaptive swings, 0 tire swings
Ground Activities: No
Surface: Mixed
Shade: No –
Seating: Yes, Benches

Swings picture

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Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park – Park Details

Park Owner: Ann Arbor
Location: 2298 Winchell Drive, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, MI, USA
Parking: Street Parking –
Bathrooms: No
Walking Trails: No – Neighborhood Sidewalks are available
Water Play: None
Picnic Benches: Yes, At Playground, Nearby, Shady, Full Sun
Pavilion: No
Sports Fields: Baseball/Softball, Open Fields

Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park Description

Dr. Harold J. Lockett Park, formerly Winchell Park, is a neighborhood park with a sand pit, structure, swings, and a softball field. Ride alongs and sand toys have also been left at the park for visitors to use. (Note ride alongs and sand toys were there on our visit and may disappear or be replaced by others over the years)

Winchell Park - Tuesday Playground Profile - Sand

A sidewalk surrounds the playground. Rubber mats connect the entrance and bottom of the slides to the sidewalk. While the rest of the playground has mulch, it does qualify as one of our Mess Free Playgrounds since you can access the structure and slides from the rubber mats.

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The lower section of the structure has stairs, a small “cargo net” climb, two racer slides and includes a musical activity. My daughter had to stop and play a song.

Winchell Pakr - Playground Profile - Musical Elements

At 11, my daughter liked the loops leading from the low platform to the higher platform which has the spiral slide. As a younger child, she would crawl across these with help. Now, she was able to balance herself and walk across them.

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This section of the structure also includes a twisty slide.

Winchell Park - Twisty Slide

Renaming the Park

The park was renamed to Dr Harold J. Lockett Park from Winchell Park in December 2021. Dr. Harold J. Lockett was a child psychiatrist and UM Professor and was elcted the first black president of the Ann Arbor Board of Education in July 1969. Alexander Winchell was a UM professor (n the late 1800s) who promoted eugenics which has prompted the effort to rename the park. His name was already removed from a UM residence hall. (We will see if the road name is also changed in the future).

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