In the same vein as the numerous Knightdale Holiday Events held at Knightdale Station that have become tradition, the town’s parks and recreation department will be hosting their second annual Valentine’s Day themed, five kilometer “Cupid Run,” Saturday, February 9.
Based upon the fantastic response and turnout from the community at the inaugural Cupid Run event in 2016, and for each year since thereafter, it included amongst the calendar of Knightdale Holiday Events for a second straight year. Joining another of the successful Knightdale Holiday Events that has now become an annual tradition in the community, the Turkey Leg 5K, which takes place around Thanksgiving, these “fun runs” not only to give the community another way enjoy a great day of family fun, but they also promote a healthy lifestyle and outdoor living in the local community.
The Cupid Run will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and start in Knightdale Station Park. Registration for the event is on going right now and in addition to taking part in the newest tradition among the Knightdale Holiday Events, by signing up, you will also get a winter hat, a medal for finishing the 5K and a timing bib. In addition to the finisher medals there will also be medals given out to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers. Keeping in the festive and fun feel of all Knightdale Holiday Events, there will also be medals awarded for the “Best Dressed” in accordance with the Valentine’s Day theme, much as they do in November’s “Turkey Leg” event.
For more information on the 2019 Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department’s “Cupid Run,” or any of the great upcoming Knightdale Holiday Events, visit knightdalenc.gov.
This past Monday, December 3, the Wake County Board of Commissioners (WCBOC) met and approved the awarding of over $550,000 in construction contracts, as well as giving their approval on all project funding in what will certainly help the children in the area to “stay cool” all summer long, as construction will begin next month with a tentative opening date of Spring 2019 on an all- new Knightdale Splash Park to be located at Knightdale Station Park.
The plan for the Knightdale Splash Park (rendering pictured above) has been in the works since the initial plans were drawn up for the Knightdale Station community in 2016, as evidenced by the “Project Location Map” which was shown at Monday’s meeting, detailing all of the projects that have been completed and those that were planned to be implemented at some point when the town’s “first master planned community” was still just in its planning stages.
The wheels on the Knightdale Splash Pad were then set into motion first at the July 17, 2017 WCBOC meeting when the “Housing and Community Revitalization Action Plan” was approved. This plan saw the allocation of $330,000 through a Community Development Block Grant go toward the project, with the Town of Knightdale being responsible for matching some of these funds, which they did, appropriating $245,000 to go toward the Knightdale Splash Park, which according to the “Item Summary” attached to the official minutes of the 12/3/18 WCBOD meeting explains, “will provide recreation and cooling relief from the summer heat for…children in the immediate neighborhoods as well as the greater community.”
A slight hitch in the process occurred when the Knightdale Splash Pad project was put out for bidding, and once received on October 10, 2018, it was discovered that all the bids received came in significantly higher than the projected $575,000 budget. Not to be deferred and keeping the kids across the community in mind, the design of the Knightdale Splash Park was slightly altered and there was a re-bid that included a cost request for the design and separate pricing for anything that may be considered an “add-on” to the project.
So, with the bids coming in at considerably lower than the first time around (and eventually awarded to Jackson Builders of Goldsboro), the ball was left in the court of the town of Knightdale, who would be responsible, as written in the initial plan for the Knightdale Splash Park, for any funding above the original allotted amount needed for construction. Stepping up to the plate to “keep the kids cool” in the blistering summer heat, the town approved the extra funding necessary at their own November 5, 2018 meeting and the WCBOC voted at this past Monday’s meeting to accept said funds and move forward with their awarding of $553,132.41 for the construction of the Knightdale Splash Pad, which will begin in January 2019 so that once Spring rolls around and the temperature begins to rise, the new addition…at the Station, will be ready to help the youngsters “beat the heat.”
For further information on the new Knightdale Splash Park…at the Station, including the minutes from this past Monday’s (12/3) meeting of the WCBOC, visit www.wakegov.com.
On Sunday, January 6, just a few steps from your new dream home at Knightdale Station, there will be a “birthday” celebration, commemorating the third year of operation for our neighbors at the Oak City Knightdale Brewery.
On their official website at oakcitybrewingcompany.com, it is recalled that the Oak City Knightdale Brewery originally opened its doors for business on January 2, 2016. Giving a brief background and history, the site tells that, “Long time friends, Blake Cone and Matt Keeler, have had many a beer together as they day dreamed about one day opening a small brewery of their own. Then about three years ago they started taking a deeper dive and working on their business plan, reserved the Oak City Brewing Company name, URL and have never turned back.”
The “trip down memory lane” for the Oak City Knightdale Brewery continues, explaining, “After walking miles looking at dozens of possible locations, reworking budgets for the umpteenth time and brewing beer in their garages they finally found a suitable location in beautiful downtown Knightdale.” The memoir concludes, noting, “In spring of 2015, they took the entrepreneurial plunge, quitting their jobs (both with newborns on the way) and started realizing their dream. ”
The celebration of three years and counting of great times at the Oak City Knightdale Brewery will begin on January 6 at noon and run through 8:00 pm. Scheduled on hand are several food trucks, live music, and of course a lot of fun and some great beverages. In addition, the first 200 customers on hand on Sunday, January 6 will receive a free anniversary glass like the one pictured above. The rest of the days schedule, with food trucks and live music will go as follows:
Food Truck Schedule
454 Grill: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Southern Q: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Not Just Icing, Inc.: 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Live Music Schedule
Into The Fog: 12:00 pm to 3 pm
Proton Jones: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
To be sure all keep warm as they wish the Oak City Knightdale Brewery a Happy 3rd Birthday, there will also be an onsite bonfire on the lawn. Oak City Brewing Company is located adjacent to Knightdale Station Park at 616 North First Avenue in Knightdale. For further details on this event and all the great stuff they have coming up at the Oak City Knightdale Brewery, visit their official website here.