Charles E. Brown Park

Notice - restrooms winterized and closed December through February

About the Park

This 10-acre facility, located on Route 238 in Lackey, is home to the Park’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. This facility is available for reservation and includes a large meeting room and a kitchenette equipped with a refrigerator, sink, and microwaves.  The park also features a new playground area, basketball courts, and a baseball field.

This park is named after Charles E. "Professor" Brown, a Lackey resident and former York County schoolteacher who had a keen interest in helping young people. Brown, who died in 1975, was also a past president of the State chapter of the NAACP. Brown Park was the County’s first park and the only parkland purchased by the County. This 10-acre facility is open daily.

The construction of Brown Park was completed in 1978. The facilities built at that time included a combination softball/soccer field, two basketball courts, and a playground area. Additional construction occurred in the 1980s when a restroom building was added and the softball/soccer field was converted into a regulation baseball field.

Brown Park is not just a park used by residents in the Lackey community; various groups from Williamsburg, Newport News, Gloucester, and James City County use the facilities. The construction of a 3,000 square foot Community Services Center was completed through the use of federal grant funding. The picnic shelter was donated and constructed by the York County Business Association. The picnic shelter was donated and constructed by the York County Business Association.


  • Basketball Courts (2)
  • Community Building
  • Nature Trails (1/4 mile)
  • Playground
  • Picnic Shelters (first come, first serve)
  • Restrooms
  • Softball/Baseball Field (permit required for use)

Restrictions & Rules

  • Pets must be on a leash (owner must pick up waste)
  • Alcoholic Beverages are prohibited
  • Animal/Wildlife Hunting or Trapping of any sort
  • All-Terrain Vehicles are prohibited
  • No Bikes on Grass
  • No Digging
  • No Fires or Grilling
  • No Glass Containers
  • No Golfing
  • No Hoverboards
  • No Mini-Bikes or Go-Karts
  • No Remote Controlled Devices or Rockets
  • No Skateboards