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.
Looking to get an early start on your Christmas shopping and to support your local community by giving your business to local vendors and shops? Your solution is just down the street from your new home at Knightdale Station, as you need look no further than the Town of Knightdale Holiday Fair, on Saturday, November 7 at the Knightdale Recreation Center.
In addition to supporting local business and the convenience of getting your shopping done right in town, the Knightdale Holiday Fair also gives you a vast selection featuring all the best brand names and items to cross off every member on your Christmas list in one easy stop. Starting at 9:00 a.m. and running until 1:00 p.m., the Knightdale Holiday Fair is free to the public and will have upwards of 30 vendors and businesses in attendance.
On Thursday, October 17, Knightdale Station Park will play host to some of the finest NC Breweries and Wineries in addition to several of the most popular area food trucks, for a night filled with great tastes and fine crafts as a part of the Town of Knightdale’s first ever “Drafts and Carafes” event.
Of the NC Breweries and Wineries scheduled to be present on October 17, the most local of all will be Oak City Brewing Company, who is the “First Knightdale Brewery since prohibition,” and whose taproom actually backs up to Knightdale Station Park, at 616 North First Avenue. Smithfield’s Double Barley Brewing will also be on hand among the NC Breweries and Wineries at “Drafts and Carafes,” as will Nickelpoint Brewing Company of Raleigh.
Representing the local wineries as a part of the event will be Neusiok Wines of Raleigh, who invites you to “come and experience the taste.” Gregory Vineyards of Angier and Willow Springs’ Adams Vineyards will also be bringing the unique flavor only achieved in a North Carolina wine to the Knightdale Station Park event.
A familiar site to residents who frequent Knightdale Station Park will be the variety of Food Trucks on hand along side the various NC Breweries and Wineries represented at “Drafts and Carafes.” The popular and delicious seafood offerings of Cousin’s Maine Lobster, which was recently named as the number 3 “Best Food Truck” in the nation will be returning to the park, as will the “artists of casual food,” Bam Pow Chow. The smoked, local BBQ flavors of The Humble Pig will be on hand as well, and the “sophisticated indulgences with European style” served up by Brachi-Le Petit Roll will also be available. Those looking for their “sweet tooth” fix will not be disappointed either, as Two Roosters Ice Cream will also be serving up frozen treats at the event. Likewise, GerDan Chocolates will be offering their unique hand crafted truffles, chocolates, caramels, and beer confections also.
The “Drafts and Carafes” event begins at 4:00 p.m and runs until 8:00 on October 17. In addition to the fantastic food, beverage, and crafts options for all to sample, there will be great live music provided by local acts and so much more. Admission to the event is free and for all details visit the Town of Knightdale’s website at www.knightdalenc.gov. For further details on all the great things going on at Knightdale Station including the park, all the great amenities, and new homes and lots for sale, visit their website at www.knightdalestation.com.