We know this is a weird time for everyone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun.
Our parks remain open, however the City Council has been tasked with making some difficult decisions to ensure the safety of our community, while keeping the spirit of our home among the hills alive. A COVID-19 Task Force has been formed to research best practices and use those to form recommendations for reopening our city.
You can see the status of each park element listed below. They will be updated as we have more information. In the meantime, rest assured that the city administration, the pool staff and city works employees are all working together to provide the best park experience. We will be tackling a number of facility improvements, offering new services and providing additional recreational resources throughout the summer.
If you would like to volunteer to help with one or all of these projects, please visit the link below.
CLOSED until Summer 2021
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 12 noon – 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.
Shinnston City Council decided unanimously to close the Sinnston Pool for the 2020 season. … These are heavy decisions made by thousands of municipalities all over the world. The guidelines on social distancing, even if the pool were open, make it financially unfeasible. We are going to use this summer to repair and upgrade the pool so we can have a super rebound in 2021. In the most uncertain time of our lives, horrible decisions have to be made in the best interest of public health and financial stability.
Pavilions currently available for rent. Please keep gatherings below 25 people.
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 here. To book a pool party or reserve a pavilion, call 304-592-5631.
Playgrounds & Tennis Courts
Playgrounds are closed until further notice in accordance with Governor’s Executive Orders 9-20 and 40-20 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Tennis courts remain open.
Ferguson Park contains two playgrounds 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.
City Performance Center
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.