In an effort to protect the public and our employees, all transactions with departments in City Hall must be done via drop box, telephone or internet. Our drop boxes are located on the front porch of City Hall, City Hall parking lot, Fire Department parking lot and in front of the Library.
You may contact City Hall at 304-842-8200 and request the department you want, or you may contact that department directly at the number below:
Police Department 304-842-8260
Fire Department 304-842-8252
Utility Services 304-842-8220
Tax & License 304-842-8229 or 304-842-8230
Code Enforcement 304-842-8218
March 24, 2020
Randy Wetmore, City Manager and Joe Shuttleworth, Director of Parks and Recreation want the public to know that according to the Governor’s decree yesterday that all playgrounds are closed. You will notice signs going up at the playgrounds that they are closed.
Also, there will be signs up at the basketball courts stating that no organized or pick-up games are allowed.
With that being said, both know that people will want to get out of their homes and get some fresh air. They want people to come to the parks and use the trails. But as is being said over and over, maintain social distancing or keeping at least 6 feet from each other at a minimum while in the parks or on the trails.
We realize the changes in our everyday lives is a difficult. But this is what we need to be doing so we can protect not only ourselves but everyone else as well.
Thank you for your assistance.
Welcome to the City of Bridgeport (Pop. 8,355) located conveniently in Central West Virginia, two hours north of the State Capital, Charleston, WV and two hours south of Pittsburgh, PA. Our city's rich heritage has its earliest beginnings in the 1750's when it was still a part of Virginia.
Closure of Recreation Facilities explained:
Last Friday, the Bridgeport City Council agreed to suspend Parks and Recreation programs and close most Recreational facilities. Following with current recommendations the decision was made to close most of our facilities that attract and encourage people to come together. This includes organized sports teams of all types, facility rentals, the Benedum Civic Center etc. We have also delayed opening up our Park restrooms as we do not wish to expose our Parks staff through the daily cleaning process these require.
However, we also realize that Parks are a great avenue to promote Health and Wellness. We recognize and agree that exercise and fresh air are a great way to fight this virus. Therefore, we are promoting passive recreation at our Parks. This includes the walking trails and other activities that you and your immediate family can enjoy. We also wish to create a sense of normalcy at this stressful time. Again, exercise and activity will help combat this somewhat.
So, to clarify, some of our facilities are open to passive use with limited amounts of people – no teams or large groups. Taking a walk, flying a kite, hitting tennis balls or other small group activities will be allowed. We are encouraging the use of ‘Social Distancing’ at all times, and especially in the parks. This is maintaining your personal space a minimum of 6 feet from others. We hope and pray that these measures will aid in working our way through this epidemic quickly and safely.
Should you have further questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 304-842-8240.