Boasting the youngest median age in Wake County, with an average resident age of 30.7 years old, the consistent growth in Knightdale is in large part due to the town’s many outdoor living options. The beautiful walking trails right on site at the Knightdale Station new home community as well as the near by Mingo Creek Trail, which links to the more extensive Neuse River Trail, provide its youthful residents a link to the Active Lifestyle in NC they so desire.
The scenic on site trails for biking, running, or walking at the Knightdale Station new home community give residents of all ages a chance to “stay on the move” and discover an Active Lifestyle in NC with the convenience of being right in their own neighborhood. The YMCA at Knightdale Station is another way to achieve an Active Lifestyle in NC, with all of the amenities that are synonymous with the “Y” name to help keep you and your children both active and fit, including a spectacular new swimming pool that opened in early July. Speaking to the excitement of the arrival of the YMCA at Knightdale Station to the town’s youthful residents, Mayor Russell Killen noted, “The Y is an extremely good match for us. Just like the Knightdale Station Park that has been full since we opened it in 2013, the YMCA is exactly what the community was looking for.” He added, “We have a young community with an average age of 30.7 years old. That means young, growing families. These are the people who need the Y.”
In addition to these ways to achieve an Active Lifestyle in NC at Knightdale Station with in the new home community, there also are many near by options including the Mingo Creek Trail, which opened to the public in the spring of 2014 and connects Knightdale to Raleigh’s more extensive Neuse River Trail. Walking distance from Knightdale Station, the Mingo Creek Trail, is a 2.5-mile greenway that was patterned after the Neuse River Trail, made partially of asphalt and partially boardwalk for local runners, cyclists, and walkers. It also connects Knightdale directly to the Neuse River Trail, allowing them to actually travel the trails as far North as the Falls Lake in North Raleigh and to the south as far as Clayton. The 10-foot wide trail has plenty of space for anyone whether a cyclist or a parent pushing a stroller.
Hitting the trails…at the Station!
With the continued growth in the “youngest town in Wake County,” Knightdale has made a concerted attempt to assist in providing the Active Lifestyle in NC desired by its residents, as explained by the town’s Park and Recreation Director, Tina Cheek, who said, “Knightdale has grown very quickly in recent years, and it looks like that will continue for a while. With lots of new families, we’re seeing a renewed appreciation for outdoor amenities.” She concluded that the trails and a focus on these type amenities are “…part of a comprehensive plan to provide an atmosphere that encourages physical activity.”
(Photo credits to Megan Thornton and the Town of Knightdale)
Continuing along with the fantastic schedule of family friendly events at Knightdale Station that have been brought to the residents by the town of Knightdale, one of the most popular events that the park has had a chance to host, the Food Truck Rodeo returns to Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, August 8, giving members of the community a wide variety of local tastes and treats to sample, with nine different trucks scheduled to be on hand serving up their delicious fare.
With the resounding success and fabulous response of the previous Food Truck Rodeos held as part of the events at Knightdale Station, this years’ rodeo is expected to be even bigger and better than ever. Nine different food trucks will be on hand to satisfy all appetites and vendors will include Chick-N-Que, of Rolesville, who will be serving up their tasty brand of “the best Eastern style BBQ that NC has to offer. Cock-a-doodle-Moo, the popular “Meat Shack” known for their “smoke and grill” will also be on hand once again, as they have also become a favorite at events at Knightdale Station. The “gourmet grilled wings” and other unique offerings from Durham’s Full Street Wings Café will also be giving those in attendence the chance to try their “never frozen jumbo wings” in any of their seven different signature hand made sauces. Seafood enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that Cousin’s Main Lobster out of Raleigh will once again be taking part in the events at Knightdale Station, as they bring the “freshest and most authentic Maine seafood experience” to the Food Truck Rodeo.
Continuing in the theme of differing taste from around the country and across the globe at the Food Truck Rodeo events at Knightdale Station, Virgil’s Jamaican will also be present on August 8, serving authentic Jamaican dishes that include jerk and curry chicken, in addition to their delicious curried goat and oxtail stew. King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks will also be at the rodeo, giving attendees a chance to have a taste of the “best cheesesteak in town,” and the popular loaded baked potatoes from Cary’s “Stuft” will also be available, too.
For those looking for deserts or too satisfy their “sweet tooth” cravings, the incredible home made taste and one of a kind flavors of Two Roosters Ice Cream will be scooping up their yummy treats, and bringing a north east classic to the Food Truck Rodeo, will be Jay’s Italian Ice, dishing out an array of frozen flavors that you won’t want to miss.
The town of Knightdale sponsored Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, August 8 is just one of the many great family friendly events at Knightdale Station coming up throughout the remainder of the summer and the fall. For a full schedule of events coming to Knightdale Station Park and more details on the Food Truck Rodeo visit the town’s website at knightdalenc.gov or the Knightdale Station site at www.knightdalestation.com.
In the safewise.com poll, they ranked the top 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina, analyzing all cities and towns across the state that host a population of at least 5,000 in their study. They utilized the most recent FBI Crime Report to compare the numbers in each town of violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well a property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) and calculated the chances out of 1,000 of each of these happening.
The rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina explained Knightdale being on the list for the second straight year, showing that there is only an 0.144 percent chance of a violent crime occurring and just an 3.5 percent chance of any property crime occurring as well. The article went on to heap praises on not only the safety and livability of Knightdale in the article on the Safest Cities in North Carolina, but also gushed over the growth and scenic beauty of the town also,
In explaining Knightdale’s inclusion to the Safest Cities in North Carolina, the safewise article stated, “Family friendly, affordable and safe, we weren’t surprised to learn that Knightdale’s population has more than doubled since 2000. Its low crime rates, expansive recreation opportunities, and close proximity to Raleigh make it perfect for couples who want to raise a family.”
Explaing in further detail the safety and feeling of security one can enjoy in living in Knightdale, the article concluded by saying, “Since Knightdale appeared on our list last, the community managed to reduce it’s already impressively low violent crime rate from 2.10 to 1.44 crimes per 1,000 residents. That’s a 30 percent reduction, and means those who call Knightdale home are 60 percent less likely to experience violent crime than the average American.”
To view the entire listing of the “Safest Cities in North Carolina,” visit the blog at safewise.com here.