Parks & Recreation

The Borough of Bridgeport has four parks which comprise the protected lands within the Borough: Bridgeport Memorial Park, located along Grove Street between Union Avenue and Ninth Street; Veterans Memorial Park, located at the intersection of DeKalb and Fourth Streets; Anthony Chiccino Athletic Field, located near Sixth Street between the Route 100 High Speed Line and Route 202; and Rotondo Riverfront Park, located along the Schuylkill Riverfront on what is locally referred to as Falls View Drive.

Bridgeport Borough is unique in that ownership and maintenance of the two largest parks (Memorial Park and Chiccino Field) as well as operation of all recreational programs within said parks is handled not by borough government, but instead by the Bridgeport Community Fund, a local non-profit that has been in existence for over 100 years.

Bridgeport Memorial Park

Bridgeport Memorial Park is partially owned by the Bridgeport Community Fund, a non-profit organization. During the first Montgomery County Open Space program, the Borough utilized $315,000 from the fund to purchase 9.45 acres of the undeveloped portion of the park and place an easement on the remaining nine acres of active recreation land. The topography of the park is flat and provides playing fields, a running/walking track, picnic facilities, tennis and basketball courts, and bocce courts. The edge of the park along Grove Street and Union Avenue consists of a very steep slope, running from the plateau of the park to the roadway. The significant drop from the plateau provides spectacular views of the Schuylkill River Valley. This vista is a somewhat unique public amenity among the communities located along the Schuylkill River. Memorial Park is home to the Bridgeport Little League, as well as an immensely popular Bocce league.

memorial park bocce courts

Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park is located at one of the busiest intersections in Bridgeport - at DeKalb Pike (Route 202) and Fourth Street (Route 23). Travelling southbound on DeKalb Pike from Norristown and the Schuylkill River, the park stands out as a prominent landmark. While the park itself is relatively small at just 0.50 acres, it is designed to maximize the limited space available. The park includes a statue, circular walk, benches and extensive landscaping. There is no parking adjacent to the site, due to its location, but parking is available on the surrounding streets. Veterans Memorial Park is naturally the location for Bridgeport Borough's Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrations.

veterans park

Chiccino Athletic Field

At 7.5 acres in size, Chiccino Athletic Field is a multi-purpose field providing facilities for organized games of softball, soccer and football. The field has a lighting system that allows it to be used for night games, as well as bleachers and restroom facilities.

chiccino field

Rotondo Riverfront Park

Rotondo Riverfront Park is a 2.4 acre parcel of open space that was purchased by the Borough in 1998. Adjacent to the Norristown Dam, this parcel had been under a restrictive easement for many years due to the construction of a fish ladder. However, in 2019, Bridgeport Borough successfully worked with Montgomery County to reduce the scope of the easement, allowing the Borough to bring this space into its parks system. In October 2019, Bridgeport Borough held a dedication ceremony, naming the parcel Rotondo Riverfront Park after brothers Nicholas and Salvatore Rotondo, who played an instrumental part in Bridgeport's park and recreation program in the 1970's and 1980's. Today, Rotondo Riverfront Park is used as both passive and active open space. The park features a pollinator garden funded by a PECO Green Regions Grant, a kayak launch gifted to the Borough by Schuylkill River Greenways Association, and also plays host to community events such the Bridgeport 5K and Twilight on the River, an evening open air market.

photo of rotondo park sign