Bridgeport Community Info

Bridgeport Community Info

The City of Bridgeport, population 146,000 and covering 16.0 square miles, is the home of The Ballpark and The Webster Bank Arena, both at Harbor Yard. The Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball play their home games at The Ballpark, and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League play their home games at The Arena. The Arena is also the home court for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams of nearby Fairfield University. Since its opening in 2001, dozens of other theatrical and sports attractions have appeared at the Arena, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship.

Bridgeport is located in Fairfield County and is a multicultural city in Southwest Connecticut on the Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Pequannock River. It is just over an hour from New York City by train, and is a delightful 75-minute ride on the Port Jefferson Bridgeport Ferry to scenic Long Island. It is directly accessible to I-95, the Merritt Parkway, and the Route 8/25 Connector. Bridgeport is a major train station for both the Metro-North Railroad, with hourly service between New Haven and New York City (more frequent service during morning and evening rush hours to and from NYC), and Amtrak, which provides rail service from Montreal down to Washington, DC and beyond. 

Bridgeport is known as the “Park City” because of it has over 1,300 acres of beautifully designed public parks, including the beloved local gem, Beardsley Park, home of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Manhattan’s famous Central Park, created both Seaside Park, located on the Long Island Sound, and Beardsley Park. 

Along its coastline, you’ll find the longest public waterfront in the State with its sandy beaches, the Fayerweather Island Lighthouse (1823), rich river estuaries, a natural harbor with maritime activities and marinas, fishing and oyster boats, ocean-going freighters, sight-seeing and charter cruises, and Captain’s Cove Seaport, the home port of one of the world’s tallest ships, the HMS Rose (1757). The HMS Rose is the only Class-A size tall ship in the United States that is U.S. Coast Guard-certified to be a sailing school vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, located in New London, CT, is a short drive from Bridgeport up I-95. 

Bridgeport has outstanding recreational features. The 36-hole Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course is a public venue known affectionately as “The Wheel,” and challenges most everyone’s golf skills. Although located in Fairfield, CT, the City of Bridgeport runs Fairchild Wheeler. Bridgeport is home to the annual Barnum Festival, a 30-day long celebration that leads up to the Fourth of July. The festival draws young and old from the entire region by delighting everyone with its many fun-filled activities, concerts, and the Great Street Parade. Seaside Park is also the home of The Gathering of the Vibes, the annual summertime music, arts, and camping festival featuring world-class talent now running for nearly two decades. There is an endless variety of diverse places of worship in the City, as well.

Bridgeport is a blend of both yesterday and today. Originally established as an industrial center and port city, it has more designated historic districts than any other city in Connecticut, featuring several hundred individual buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Officials from the City of Bridgeport continuously work together with several large developers who see the rich potential in restoring a vibrant downtown Bridgeport. Housing in the City is almost equally divided between single-family detached homes, condominiums, and multi-unit homes.

Black Rock is one of the City’s most renowned historic districts. You’ll find St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, a neighborhood nestled near Ash Creek marshlands, where large Colonial homes and cozy beach Bungalows overlook unspoiled views of the Long Island Sound. Empty-nesters enjoy the area where they can finally have the chance to own their dream home near the seaside.  

The City is home to two renowned hospitals, Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Bridgeport Hospital’s School of Nursing and St. Vincent’s College are located on hospital grounds. There are forty-six public schools and twelve private schools within the City that range from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, plus a public technical high school. 

Other educational facilities and universities located in Bridgeport range from the large public school system with 46 public schools and twelve private schools ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade, a technical high school, and several magnet schools such as the new Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School. Colleges include Housatonic Community College, Sacred Heart University (whose campus straddles both Bridgeport and Fairfield), and the University of Bridgeport.