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Parks and Recreation

The Bridgeport Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for beautifying, operating and maintaining Park & Recreation assets (parks, trails, community recreation areas and the outdoor Bridgeport Pool) as well as implementing year-round recreation programs for all ages and park maintenance.

The City of Bridgeport provides anything and everything necessary to keep your family recreating - walking trails for the whole family; basketball and tennis courts with lights for late-night play; the Bridge Sports Complex featuring state-of-the-art facilities and league-style play; our community outdoor swimming pool with family-friendly membership fees and child Sprayground; two beautiful lakes for fishing or boating; and so much more.

Bring the whole family to one of our special summer events and enjoy movies under the stars at the park or while blissfully floating in the pool. Bring the kids to a sports camp to improve. Not enough? Have another idea? Then be sure to email Parks & Recreation with your ideas or suggestions. Parks & Recreation isn't just for summer anymore. Keep moving through the fall and winter with our variety of classes. Zumba, Painting Classes, Cookie Decorating, Karate classes and much, much more at the Benedum Civic Center as well as basketball leagues throughout the fall/winter.

Activity Guide

For a full list of activities, please visit Information includes classes, programs and events for all ages! 

Area Sports

Bridgeport offers numerous area sports activities for the youth of our community. Please call the listed contacts for information about:

Youth Soccer

Recreation Soccer 
Travel Soccer - FC Alliance Central 

Swim Teams

 Amy Allen

Youth Football:

 Dustin Vincent 304-641-4316

Youth Basketball (Jerry West League)

 The Bridge Sports Complex

Girls Softball

 Sonny Pethtel 304-641-7955

Bridgeport Youth Wrestling

 Bridgeport Parks and Recreation 304-842-8240

Basketball for Grade K-3 or High School/Middle School Rec Leagues

 Bridgeport Parks and Recreation 304-842-8240

WV Patriot Baseball 8U-14U

Robert Marra 304-669-1979
WV Patriot Baseball 

Annual Events

Annual Events & Activities

The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department offers year round Recreation Programs and Special Events at the Benedum Civic Center.

Civic Center Classes

Some of the classes offered to the public include Karate, Little Explorers (child’s science class), exercise classes (varies) and Paint Classes. Many other classes are offered at different times so be sure to check

Special Events

Some of the Special Events offered by the Department include the annual pre-school Easter Egg Hunt, Hay Bales Fall Festival, and the Christmas Parade. Sporting Events held annually include Tennis Lessons and Clinics. 

Summer Pool Programs (Outdoor Pool)

The Bridgeport Pool, located adjacent to the Civic Center, is a public pool which offers swimming and pool programs to area residents. Season passes are available to both Bridgeport residents and non-residents. Along with swimming, the Bridgeport Pool offers rentals for private pool parties, and Aqua Aerobics. The Parks and Recreation Department also sponsors the Bridgeport "Wildcatters" Swim Team at the Bridgeport Pool.

Registration Information

1. All programs registration is taken on a FIRST PAID, FIRST SERVED BASIS ONLY. We reserve the right to cancel any class due to insufficient registration.

2. Participants must register and pay for ALL classes in a session on or before the first day of the desired class

3. Pro-rating is permissible for "NEW" students who sign up after a class session is already started and/or at the discretion of the instructor or Bridgeport Parks & Recreation

4. Make checks payable to CITY OF BRIDGEPORT.

5. No refunds will be given without the approval from the Director due to extenuating circumstances.

A $5 administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds.

Bridgeport Walks

Looking for trails around Bridgeport? Bridgeport Walks is a program that encourages residents to put on their walking shoes to improve their health and fitness levels.

Bridgeport Walks Map and Information


Benedum Civic Center

  • Parks and Recreation Offices
  • Conference and Visitor Center
  • Multipurpose meeting rooms
  • Auditorium with stage
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Parking for Civic Center, Pool, & Tennis Courts
  • Picnic area with grill and courtyard
  • Two lighted Tennis Courts
  • 25 meter Swimming Pool & Concession Stand
  • Lighted Basketball Court
  • Game time play structure

Bridge Sports Complex

Located in Bridgeport, WV, The Bridge is the newest destination for all things sports, recreation, and wellness. Our indoor facility, the Citynet Center, contains a turf field, six hardwood courts (Wesbanco Fieldhouse), a competition pool and a warmup pool (UHC Aquatics Center), fitness center, elevated running track, climbing area, meeting & event spaces, and concessions stand. Outdoor amenities include four diamond fields, 0.8 mile walking path, a turf field, and other upcoming projects. Click here for more information!

Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park

  • Parking area
  • Two stocked lakes
  • Boat Launch and Handicap accessible fishing pier/dock
  • Picnic shelter with grills and play area
  • Four lighted Tennis Courts
  • Restrooms - handicap accessible
  • Trails

Lion's Point Park

  • Parking area
  • Gazebo
  • Park Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing

Compton Park

  • Parking area
  • Five station Fitness Trail
  • Lighted Basketball Court
  • Little Tykes play structure
  • Multipurpose Court/Ball Wall
  • Picnic shelter with grills
  • Restrooms - handicap accessible

Briarwood Park

  • Little Tykes play structure
  • Swing Set
  • Picnic Shelter with grill
  • Half court Basketball Court

Bridgeport City Park

  • Parking area
  • Three Picnic shelters with grills
  • Two miles of Walking Trails
  • Two Little League Ballfields
  • Two Soccer/Football Fields
  • Restrooms
  • Little Tykes play structure
  • Playsense play structure
  • Basketball Court
  • Archery Range

Bridgeport Bark Park

Bridgeport's first Bark Park is located between Hinkle and Deegan Lakes off of Rt. 58 or Brushy Fork Road.

General Information

  • Dogs are allowed to run off-leash
  • There are no public restrooms available
  • Water Fountains are planned in the future
  • Trash cans are available
  • Doggie bags for waste are available at two locations within the park
  • No Smoking
  • Hours of operation are Monday-Sunday 7:00 am to Dusk

Basic Rules

  • Be polite, scoop up the poop!
  • Remain in the park with your dog at all times
  • Leash your dog when entering or exiting the park

    Contact the Parks and Recreation office for additional information at 304-842-8240. 

Rental Information

Benedum Civic Center and Shelter Rentals

The Benedum Civic Center and the shelters located in City Park, Compton Park, and Deegan and Hinkle Lakes Park can be rented by individuals for birthday parties, family reunions, meetings or for most other needs. Call the Parks and Recreation office at 842-8240 for more information.

To inquire about rental of other facilities such as the swimming pool, please contact Michelle Leonard at 304-842-8240.

Book your family reunion, school picnic or special outing with us. Starting January 10th, of each year, Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will be taking reservations for shelters. Registration for all pool related activities including passes, swim lessons, and pool rentals begin on April 16th, 2024. Don't wait till the last minute, reservations fill-up fast.

Recreation Complex

The Grand Opening and Dedication of the Bridgeport Recreation Complex took place on April 15, 2012 and has been a great addition to the City.

Located at Charles Pointe, Bridgeport's new premier Recreation Complex will include four baseball fields - two regulation size, appropriate for Pony League through high school and adult - and two Little League size, appropriate for softball and all youth leagues.

A full-scale press box, concession and restroom center will be located in the fourplex.

A multipurpose field is available for additional sports, such as soccer, lacrosse and flag football.

The complex also includes a one-mile, 12-foot wide, paved walking trail, a basketball court and two small playgrounds - one in the North Bay area and the other in the vicinity of the ball fields.

*Metal Cleats are prohibited on portable mound.

Recreation Complex Photo

Operating Procedures

  1. Recreation, park, and conservation areas shall be open to the public from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted. All sports courts close at midnight, and timers quit in respect of residents.
  2. All vacant facilities and areas in recreation and park sites may be used (without a permit) only for the purposes designated. Special activities are allowed by permits issued by the Parks & Recreation Department for specific dates and times at a particular facility. The general public should then vacate a facility in lieu of a permit. Examples of this include reserved sport court time for league and tournament activities, as well as shelter rentals.
  3. The following acts are against the law and will not be tolerated. Littering; Endangering the safety of others; Disturbing the peace at a public facility or adjacent private property.
  4. No alcohol is permitted on public property in the City of Bridgeport, as it is unlawful for any person to have in his or her possession, custody, or control, any alcoholic beverage.
  5. Parking is permitted in designated areas only.
  6. Persons witnessing illegal acts or evidence of inappropriate activity are urged to contact the Bridgeport Police Department at 842-8260 or 911 in emergency situations

Outdoor Swimming Pool

Pool Hours

Seasonal Operation from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Monday - Saturday - 12:00pm - 6pm
Sunday - 12:30pm - 6pm

Family Night - Thursday and Friday - 7 PM - 9 PM
(changes to 6:30-8:30pm in August when daylight hours begin to shorten)

Infant (2 & Under) Free
Child (3 to 11 years) $4.50
Adult (12 & Up) $5.50
Seniors (55 & Over) $4.50
Family Night (all ages) $3.50

**If management deems the maximum capacity of the pool has been reached, we reserve the right to close admission and restrict access until crowd conditions reach acceptable levels.


Lost & Found

If you have misplaced items in our Parks (keys, phones, clothes, etc.) please stop by the Civic Center (164 W. Main Street) or call (304-842-8240).


Where can I find more information about the Bridge Sports Complex?

Please visit their website at The Bridge.


Who do I contact for youth activities?

 Contact information may be found on the Area Sports area above.

Who do I contact to rent the outdoor pool and/or a shelter?

To inquire about rental of other facilities, please contact Michelle Leonard at 304-842-8240.

Reservations for shelters begin January 10th each year, and registration for all pool related activities begin on April 15th each year. 

Please check out the Rental Information section above to see a listing of fees.

Where do I get a pool pass?

 You can get pool passes at the Civic Center. For more information, please contact Michelle Leonard at 304-842-8240.

Can the facilities and areas of recreation and park sites be used when vacant?

All vacant facilities and areas in recreation and park sites may be used (without a permit) only for the purposes designated. Special activities are allowed by permits issued by the Parks and Recreation Department.

What parks are within the City of Bridgeport?

The City of Bridgeport has many wonderful parks, such as Deegan & Hinle Lakes Park, Lion's Point Park, Compton Park, Briarwood Park, Bridgeport City Park, and Bridgeport Bark Park.

How do I report a maintenance problem at the park?

 Please contact Michelle Leonard at 304-842-8240.



Staff / Office Information

Director: Joe Shuttleworth
Administrative Assistant: Michelle Leonard
Recreation Coordinator: Amy Callahan 
Superintendent of Maintenance and Operations: Bill Lafferty


164 West Main Street
Bridgeport, WV 26330

Telephone: 304-842-8240
Fax: 304-842-8203

Civic Center Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Closed Saturday 
Closed Sunday

** (Hours indicate regular operating hours, additional evening and weekend hours are available frequently and do vary. Call for complete schedule)