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.
Returning for a second consecutive year on Saturday, October 22 to Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale Dogtoberfest will be a day full of “dog-themed” fun for the whole family and “man’s best friend.”
Knightdale Dogtoberfest kicks off in the same fashion as the inaugural event did last year, with the running (or walking) of the “2k9” Fun Run starting at noon. The run will loop around Knightdale Station Park and prizes will be given out at the conclusion of the “2k9” to the top several finishers. On top of these runners being awarded prizes, their will also be goody bags given out to the first 100 contestants that had signed up for the fun run at Knightdale Dogtoberfest.
Continuing in what figure to be a Knightdale Dogtoberfest tradition, will be the return of the wildly popular dog costume contest which will also see prizes awarded in a variety of categories to the dogs that will be judged by the local girl scouts.
Likewise, there will once again be a booth at Knightdale Dogtoberfest set up by the Wake County Animal Shelter (WCAS) where information and literature on how to adopt a dog will be provided. For those looking to leave Knightdale Dogtoberfest with a new pet, you will also be able to actually adopt a dog through the WCAS as well. Several other pet related vendors will also be on hand to share in this day dedicated to the dogs.
Heading into the fall season, Knightdale Dogtoberfest is just one of the many great community and family friendly events that the Town of Knightdale will be holding at Knightdale Station Park. You can find a full listing of the events coming up at Knightdale Station on their events page at knightdalestation.com or for a full listing of all the great upcoming events this fall and into the winter visit the official Town of Knightdale website at knightdalenc.gov.
On Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Knightdale Station Park will play host to a very special first time event to put a spotlight on the talents and creativity of the children in our community, while offering up a day full of fun for the whole family as the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department presents the inaugural Knightdale Kids Festival (K-Fest) event.
The first ever Knightdale Kids Festival is a combined effort, as all of the area schools, as well as countless organizations with in the community have banded together to showcase the great work and efforts of the youth in the Knightdale area and those dedicated to strengthening their education and futures. As quoted on the official Town of Knightdale website, the mission of the inaugural Knightdale Kids Festival is “Understanding that education is the pathway to success, the mission of K-Fest is to connect youth with local non-profits, educational and cultural arts opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to. This collaborative effort of community partners plays an important role in strengthening the educational component in Knightdale and Eastern Wake County.”
Throughout the day at Knightdale Kids Festival, children of all ages from area elementary, middle, and high schools will be performing in a variety of events, showcasing their vast skills in many areas. The highlights throughout the day that the kids will be a major part of at this community themed event will include:
Student Talent Showcase
Interactive Art Stations
Book Mobile and Reading Corner
Early Childhood Zone
Backpack and School Supply give away and so much more
On top of all of those great activities, there will also be plenty of other entertainment, food and beverages, and all around family fun to enjoy at the Knightdale Kids Festival. As has become tradition at Knightdale Station Park events, there will be a big selection of food trucks on hand serving up tasty goodies hat can please any appetite. The food trucks set to be on site at the Knightdale Kids Festival are:
In addition to all of these great things going on throughout the day at the first ever Knightdale Kids Festival there will also be live music and performers from some of the most popular local acts throughout the festivities. There will also be games and several inflatables for the children to play, and the Knightdale Farmers Market will be going on as regularly scheduled also.
With over 50 community organizations and businesses supporting the Knightdale Kids Festival as a partner or sponsor and 15 different schools or educational partners from the area lending a hand as well, this community based event is certain to become a Knightdale tradition to showcase our children. To see more information on this event, including a full list of all the educational partners, festival and community partners, and sponsors, visit knightdalenc.gov.
With the overwhelming popularity of the same events in the Spring and Summer, both dinner and lunch will be served at Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays starting on Thursday, September 1, with a variety of tastes available each week at Knightdale Station Park.
Building on the initial success of the once weekly events held at Knightdale Station in its first go around, last Spring and Summer, the Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays expanded to have trucks both during lunch hours and a completely different truck on site for dinner hours. With the great response from members of the community, the Town of Knightdale will this trend will continue for Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays, as the lunch hours each week will see the trucks serving up delicious fare from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the dinner hours will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
The schedule for the Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays will feature:
Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays are held rain or shine near the amphitheater at Knightdale Station Park. For more information on these and all other great Town of Knightdale events visit knightdalenc.gov.
This Friday night, August 26, one of the most popular family events of the season returns to Knightdale Station Park, as Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night kicks off with a showing of the science fiction hit, “Avatar” playing on the big screen beginning at dusk.
With the Summer series proving once again to be a fun and entertaining night out for area families, the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series has four scheduled showings to take place on Friday evenings through the first week in October. The Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night events are completely free to the public and all are encouraged to bring either a blanket or chairs to sit on as they enjoy the movie.
The current schedule of movies to be shown during the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night this fall:
There will be vendors on hand serving up refreshments at Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night, and this fall there will be added incentive to grabbing a bite to eat or a drink at the events this fall, as groups from local schools will be running the concessions and all proceeds will go directly to the school on hand that evening. The Hodge Road Elementary PTA will be at the Friday, August 26 showing of Avatar, so having a snack or any type refreshment at the event will not only curb your hunger or thirst, but it will also help our area schools throughout the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series.
Additionally, the Cub Scout Pack 365, which meets right in Knightdale every Tuesday night at the United Methodist Church will be on hand volunteering their time to help with each Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night. If you have a youngster interested in finding out more about this great organization, you can visit them at any of the movie night events, or go to their website at beascout.org.
For more information on the upcoming Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series, including sponsorship visit knightdale nc.gov.
With all of the fantastic family friendly and community based events held throughout the spring and summer months by the Town of Knightdale at Knightdale Station Park, residents can rest assured that the good times will continue to roll into the next season, as on Thursday, August 4 the Knightdale Fall Concert Series will kick off, bringing a fun filled night of music to the stage on the first Thursday of each month through October.
This will be the inaugural year for the Knightdale Fall Concert Series, which figures to become the next “Knightdale tradition” to be started and held at Knightdale Station Park. Following on the heels of the great success the town has had with such great recurring events as the Knightdale Farmer’s Market, the popular Food Truck Thursdays or Food Truck Rodeo events, and of course the annual Fourth of July Celebration, which has drawn in access of 10,000 area residents to the park, the Knightdale Fall Concert Series is sure to be a great time for family members of all ages.
The weekly live performances as a part of the Knightdale Fall Concert Series will start at 6:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. Admission is completely free to attend the concerts, but there will be various activities for the children and food trucks on hand, both of which will be additional costs. The Town of Knightdale encourages you to bring chairs or a blanket to set up for comfortable seating.
The schedule for the Knightdale Fall Concert Series that has currently been announced is as follows:
With all of the fantastic Town of Knightdale events throughout the calendar year, the most anticipated and largest gathering of the year is set to be even bigger and better than ever for 2016, as the community will come together in the name of our independence at Knightdale Station Park on Monday, July 4 as part of the 3rd annual Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration.
The Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration has been a staple of summertime fun with in the community for the past three years since the event moved to Knightdale Station Park upon its opening. This years’ event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until the spectacular firework show ends. As always, there will be a huge assortment of local vendors, food trucks, activities for the kids, and the Embers will also return for what is always a fun live musical performance. This years’ Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration will have more food offerings and vendors than any previous event and it is expected that the attendance will reach a record high this upcoming Monday to celebrate or country’s independence.
The Food Trucks Set to be on hand at the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration include:
The Vendors that will be at the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration are:
Access Physical Therapy & Wellness
Avon by Renee
Beauty Therapy Salon
Central Wake High School
Christian Life Fellowship
Cricket Wireless of Knightdale
Crosspoint Community Church
Disabled American Veterans
Dogs on Deployment
EF High School Exchange Year
Expressions in Rhythm Dance Studio
Faith Baptist Church
Green Pines Baptist Church
Jeannie Blinson Photography
KHS Tour Group
Knightdale Baptist Church
Knightdale Dragons Pop Warner
Mutual of Omaha
Outside the Box Threadworks
Poe Center for Health Education
Premier & Thirty One
Ron Carlos Salon
Wake Forest Community Church
Young Living Independent Distributor
There will be shuttles running to and from the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration from various spots in town beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information on the shuttle pick ups, a festival map, and all details on this event, visit knightdalenc.gov.
Hosted by the great folks at the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department, the Easter Eggstraordinaire has become an annual tradition among Knightdale NC events, hosted on the Saturday prior to Good Friday each year. This fun filled day of Easter-themed activities for the kids will offer up egg hunts for three different groups, with the age ranges being from 0-3 years, 4-5 year olds, and also 6-8 year olds.
The egg hunts as part of the Knightdale NC Events this Saturday will take place in the beautiful grassy area near Knightdale Station Park Amphitheatre and signs will be up to help direct each age group to their respective areas. In addition to the egg hunt, there will also be an appearance by the Easter Bunny for photo ops as well as many other activities and music for the entire family to enjoy throughout the festivities. Both Kona Ice and C &J Funnel Cakes will be on hand serving up treats throughout the day’s events. The Easter Eggstraordinaire will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the egg hunts starting at 11:00.
The children will not be the only members of the family enjoying the Knightdale NC Events this Saturday, as “Paws in the Park” will also be taking place, giving your pets a “day for the dogs.” “Paws in the Park” will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at the Ashley Wilder Dog Park at Knightdale Station Park and the first 120 dogs registered will receive both a Frisbee and a goody bag filled with treats. All dogs must be kept on a leash, non-aggressive, and have up to date rabies tags or a certificate to register for the “Paws in the Park” activities.
For more information on these and other great upcoming Knightdale NC Events, visit the town’s website at knightdalenc.gov. To get more information on all the great things going on at Knightdale Station, including new homes and lot pricing, visit knightdalestation.com.