Charles E. Brown Park

***Restrooms have been winterized and will not be available until late February or early March.***

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 with a refrigerator, sink, and microwave. The park also features a new playground, 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 included a combination softball/soccer field, two basketball courts, and a playground. 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 using federal grant funding. The picnic shelter was donated and constructed by the York County Business Association. 


  • Basketball Courts (2)
  • Community Building
  • Community Garden
  • 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