With unlimited recreational and business opportunities, it’s easy to understand why Bridgeport’s tag line is “Opportunity Lives Here.”
This city offers many parks, including Compton Park, Briarwood Park and Bridgeport City Park, with play areas, basketball courts, and picnic shelters. Along with the aforementioned amenities, Compton Park also features a five-station fitness trail and a multipurpose court/ball wall. The city park also features walking trails, Little League baseball fields, softball and football fields and an archery range. The Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park offers trails, tennis courts, a play area and a picnic shelter with grills. This park also consists of two lakes that are stocked four times a year. The fishing pier/dock is handicap accessible and a boat launch is available.
Those interested in a doing a little shopping, should head over to the Meadowbrook Mall where they can find a 100-store regional shopping complex.
Adjacent to Bridgeport, the Pete Dye Golf Club, which opened in 1993, has been rated the number one golf course in West Virginia and ranked on the list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Course by Golf Digest.
- For almost 10 years, Bridgeport has hosted the Scottish Heritage Festival at the Bridgeport City Park in May. The three-day event with bagpipes, dancing, food and other traditional music celebrates the Scottish and Celtic culture so important to West Virginia’s earlier history. www.scots-westvirginia.org
- The Benedum Festival, scheduled in July, offers free concerts, laser and fireworks shows, pet parade, pageant, 5K run, quilt show, children's activities, games and events. www.greater-bridgeport.com/
Bridgeport is located two hours north of Charleston, W.Va., and two hours south of Pittsburgh, Pa. With $390 million dollars of development activity in the last five years, this city has transformed from a sleepy bedroom community to a vibrant city for business and residents.
Major employers include the North Central West Virginia Regional Airport, Meadowbrook Mall, Pratt & Whitney, Aurora Flight Services, Bombardier Service America, Robert C. Byrd Technology Institute and Fairmont State University.