Shinnston Activities and Events
Located strategically in the North Central part of West Virginia, Shinnston provides its residents and visitors with easy access to a full range of recreational, cultural, and historical activities. Many of our activities are unique to our heritage and culture and provide our community a sense of identity. These range from the traditional Frontier Days Festival held downtown to the Theatre in the Park Series held in the new performance center at Ferguson Park. We are pleased to provide such events to our community and those who visit our charming city.
The Ferguson Memorial Park on North Street is home to the Shinnston Pool. The bathhouse provides the necessary facilities, including changing rooms and showers, along with a concession stand for pool patrons. The pool is open seven days a week during the summer season from noon until 6:00 p.m. It's also available for rentals for parties for up to three hours. Season passes are available for individuals as well as families. During the summer patrons also enjoy Family Nights in the Park, featuring $1 swimming followed a free movie in the performance center. These events are held once a month during the summer. Ferguson Park also has four pavilions available for rental. When you rent a pavilion you can also check out sports equipment to use, including corn hole, horse shoes, bocce and more. This equipment is also available on a daily basis to anyone using the park. All rental agreement forms are available for download under the "documents" section of this website. To book a pool party or reserve a pavilion, call 304-592-5631.
Ferguson Park contains two playgrounds, including the brand new set in this photograph, which was built by volunteers, including students from Lincoln High School, in April of 2013. There is also a playground near the entrance to the park. In addition to these traditional playgrounds, the park houses an Imagination Playground which allows kids to build social skills along with challenging them mentally by building a different play experience every time they use it. The Imagination Playground was received as part of a grant under the Playful City USA program, which Shinnston has been participating in since 2011. There are also four tennis courts available for use by the general public. The courts opened in 2015 and are located on the hill behind Stydahar Field.
The newest addition to Ferguson Park, opened in July of 2013, is the city's performance center. Originally designed to house the annual Independence Day Concert by the Shinnston Community Band, the performance center is also home to the Theatre in the Park series, bringing live theatrical performances in a casual setting. It is also used to house the movie screen on Family Nights and for musical and other cultural performances.