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Getting “Cooler”…at the Station: Wake County Board of Commissioners Approves Funding for Knightdale Splash Park for Spring 2019

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.

Knightdale is among nation’s “Best Places to Live”

Knightdale is ranked among the best places in the country to live and residents at the town’s first master planned community, Knightdale Station and across the entire town are not surprised. “Knightdale was an awesome place to grow up,” said on resident, and according to Money magazine, it still is as Knightdale was rated one of their Best Places to Live in U.S. Money, based on healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life.

Money looked at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 and eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income or a lack of ethnic diversity. This pared the list to 2,400 places. Data on economic health, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living and amenities along with data on housing market costs and growth was used to rank each municipality.

Next, reporters conducted research by interviewing residents, checking out neighborhoods and searching for intangible factors that don’t show up in the statistics to whittle the list down to the Top 100. To ensure a geographically diverse set, the list was limited to no more than four places per state and two per county. The top 15 includes only one entity per state.

Knightdale, population 14,868 with a median household income of $63,158 and a projected job growth rate of 10.9%, was one of three entries from North Carolina, coming in at number 76 on the list. Concord made the list at number 38 while Morrisville showed up at number 90.

VisitRaleigh.com describes Knightdale as having a “welcoming, youthful culture.” Tagged as an “emerging city with a magnetic energy fueled by the optimism and brain power of a young population,” Knightdale is one of the fastest-growing towns in NC and the Triangle. Just nine miles from downtown Raleigh, Knightdale residents are the youngest in the Raleigh metro area with a median age of 31.

 

Start Thanksgiving Morning with some Exercise at the Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station

 The opportunity to start the Thanksgiving holiday with some exercise before going home to enjoy your feast with the family will once again be provided by the Town of Knightdale’s annual Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station.

The Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station begins on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22) morning at 8:30 a.m. Participants should expect to arrive between 7:30-8 a.m. to get checked in before the annual holiday race. The event will kick off and end, following its route through the town at Knightdale Station Park, located at 810 North First Avenue and will take place regardless of the weather conditions. All runners and walkers taking part in the Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station will be timed and each will receive an event t-shirt.

Awards will be given out in several categories, including medals that will be given to males and females who place either first, second, or third overall in the Turkey Leg 5K race. Additionally, both the youngest and oldest participants will receive a medal, as will the “Best Turkey Leg Themed Outfit” being worn for the race.

As has become customary at any of the great Town of Knightdale events, food trucks will be on hand so the runners and walkers can have a coffee, a bite for breakfast, a cold drink, or just a snack following their race.

For more information on the Turkey Leg 5K and all the great upcoming Town of Knightdale events, visit www.knightdalenc.gov. For news about all the events and happenings, including available new homes and home sites and Knightdale Station go to www.knightdalestation.com.

Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale

Knightdale Takes Spot in Top 20 among Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

Citing its low crime rate, affordability, and a great public school system as just a few of the major reasons, the team of experts at niche.com agree with your choice to relocate your family to the Knightdale Station new home community as they placed the town of Knightdale once again in the top 20 among 100 North Carolina cities analyzed in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC.

“The Best Places to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for families at the place level,” was the explanation of the system used by Niche in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. The explanation continued, “This grade takes into account key factors, the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for families.”

Maybe the most accurate description of Knightdale’s lofty ranking among the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings was voiced by a resident, who was one of 35 community members who weighed in with their comments about the town on niche.com, saying, “It is a cheap and affordable place to live yet is conveniently close to Raleigh. It is also very safe despite the fact that it is inexpensive and is also a rapidly growing city. New businesses are opening up and schools are improving.”

Knightdale not only was listed as one of the top ten Best Places to Live in NC by Niche, but they also received the highest overall grade the website gives out, an “A-Plus,” with great public schools, high resident education levels, and a low unemployment rate noted as some of the factors behind the grade.

Niche.com, which was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the largest content startups in the country, researching and providing reviews, insight, and studies that result in content to aid in major life decisions such as the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings.

To view the entire listing of the Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina as well as detailed statistics on the Town of Knightdale accumulated in their in depth research aimed at helping families and individual find the best choices in location, schools, and many other aspects of life, visit niche.com.

“Quench your Thirst” to Get in Shape Too at Knightdale NC Brewery

Offering a unique opportunity to “earn a beverage” so to speak, the Knightdale NC Brewery, Oak City Brewing Company, houses a social running club that meets at the establishment, located adjacent to Knightdale Station Park every Wednesday at 6:30 pm and Saturday’s at 11:30 am.

Combining some of the more popular trends in the area and giving those involved an aforementioned feeling of “earning” a “cold one” once they have finished their run, the Knightdale NC Brewery and its running club has built a steady and loyal group of participants since its inception in two summers ago.

With several lengths of the actual runs that the run group, starting at Oak City Brewing Company, goes on, it is an opportunity for enthusiasts and beginners alike to lace up their sneakers and participate. According to the official site of the Knightdale NC Brewery, there are both a three and five mile lighted run which the group partakes in, as well as three and five mile routes along the Mingo Creek Park and trail that are also followed as part of the club’s running patterns.

The club specifically targets routes that go through the Town of Knightdale’s downtown area and past other landmarks, to add to the community spirit of the weekly or bi-weekly treks across town. By signing in at each meeting of the club, participants also become eligible for prizes and giveaways from Oak City Brewing that are exclusive to club members.

Noted on the Oak City website, beer drinking after the run is obviously optional, but even if not a drinker, it is encouraged to hang out and socialize after the runs with other members at the Knightdale NC Brewery, where other fun events including food trucks and the aforementioned giveaways take place at nearly every meeting of the group.

For more information on the run club and all other upcoming events at the Oak City Brewing Company , visit their website at oakcitybrewingcompany.com.

Hot Dog!!! Its a Parade of Homes Open House Tour with “all the Fixins”…at the Station!

In accordance with the 2018 Parade of Homes, we would like to  like to invite you to a special open house event that will be held on each of the next 3 Sunday afternoons (October 7, 14, and 21)…at the Station!

The open house event will be hosted at two model homes in accordance with the prestigious 2018 Parade of Homes event (the H&H Homes Parade entry at 713 Twin Star Lane is on this tour!), 704 and 708 Twin Star Lane in Knightdale Station, and on site, will be the Sabrett Hot Dog cart, with all the fixings’ from 2-4 pm on each of these Sunday afternoons. The model home at 704 Twin Star Lane is a beautiful house from H&H Homes, and at 708 Twin Star Lane, you can see the fantastic work of McKee Homes.

Also for your viewing will be H&H Homes’ entry in this years’ Parade of Homes competition. This home (pictured below) sits at 713 Twin Star Lane, as do 3 other homes that you will be able to tour on this street, one of which was built by McKee and the other two from  the skilled and creative folks at Caviness & Cates.

2018 Parade of Homes Entry at 713 Twin Star LaneThe final two homes win the open house tour being offered on each of the next 3 Sundays (Oct. 7, 14, and 21) are also built by Caviness & Cates and they are located at 612 and 605 Gold Coast Drive in Knightdale Station.

Once again, that is 8 total homes for you to tour on any of the next 3 Sundays, between 2-4 pm…at the Station. Come on out and not only see this years’ Parade of Homes entry, but also take an open house tour of several other beautiful houses available currently and have a bite to eat on us.

Knightdale Fall Family Event coming back for a repeat performance…at the Station

Knightdale Parks and Recreation will be celebrating its newest annual seasonal event, as for the second straight year, the Knightdale Family Fall Event, “Mumkin Fest” will take place on Friday, September 28th andSaturday, September 29th… at the Station.  

Back basically by popular demand the first day of festivities at this Knightdale Fall Family Event kick off at Knightdale Station Park beginning at 6:00 pm and will feature a fun and fantastic night of great food choices and fantastic music. The sounds of live local bands will fill the air, as you, your family, and friends can enjoy an array of tastes while you browse and select what delicious choices you decide to make among the many food trucks set to be on hand at this Knightdale Fall Family Event. The Parks and Recreation department encourages you to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets to get a comfortable spot on the lawn to enjoy the day one action at “Mumkin Fest.”

Day two of the Knightdale Fall Family Event that has become the newest among many great seasonal traditions in the town starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Just as there were on the opening night, the catchy tunes of some of the area’s most popular music acts will take the stage throughout the day and the food trucks will again return to give you many mouthwatering options all day long. In addition to this, the kids will for sure want to come enjoy the inflatables or have the whole family join in on a hayride during the second day of “Mumkin Fest.” They will also be able to pick pumpkins and take part in a variety of pumpkin and fall themed activities at the “Mum and Pumpkin patches” on site.” For the adults on hand, there will also this year be a beer garden featuring some of the finest local brews offered in the area at this years’ Knightdale Fall Family Event.

“Mumkin Fest” will begin as stated above on Friday, September 28 from 6-9 pm, and will continue at Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, September 29 at 10:00 am and run through until 7:00 pm. For further information on this great Knightdale Fall Family Event and all the other great stuff coming up …at the Station, be sure to check the official Town of Knightdale website at knightdalenc.gov

 

Knightdale Youth Sports to “Take the Field” at Upcoming Event…at the Station

The community group, Knightdale Neighbors, is presenting an event on Sunday, September 16 at the pavilions located at Knightdale Station Park, called “Meet Knightdale,” giving youngsters and their families a chance to become familiar with all the Knightdale Youth Sports options, teams, and programs available to them in a fun filled afternoon.

For those unfamiliar with the group, Knightdale Neighbors was formed by a group of residents to “bring the people of Knightdale and East Wake County together.” It was noted on their Facebook page that in addition to the event upcoming for families interested in Knightdale Youth Sports, that they also try to create a feeling of community spirit and unity by doing the following things.

1) Providing a centralized page for community events.

2) Giving people the opportunity to ask and give each other recommendations.

3) Creating a forum for community information.

4) Highlighting local businesses

According to their Facebook page in a post speaking about the upcoming event focused don Knightdale Youth Sports, “This event is to showcase the awesome sports and activities available to Knightdale’s youth.” The post went on to explain, “As mothers in this community, we believe it’s important to know all of the options available to your child.”

On top of having the chance to explore the many Knightdale Youth Sports options, kids will have an opportunity to have some fun at “Meet Knightdale,” as there will be a host of fun vendors and activities including Face Painting by Ella and the local favorite G&H Ice Cream, who will be serving up their delicious homemade frozen treats at the event. Food trucks will also be on hand and there will be plenty of great give always as a part of the Knightdale Neighbors raffle, including the chance to win your child one year of free tuition at The Dance Center in Knightdale.

This event will take place on Sunday, September 16 from 3-5 pm at the Knightdale Station pavilions. For more information on the Meet Knightdale Youth Sports and Teams event, visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/knightdaleneighbors/

Knightdale Arts and Education Festival Return and its Picking Up “S.T.E.A.M.”

It’s all about the kids this weekend…at the Station, as from 11:00 am-8:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, Knightdale Station Park host the annual Knightdale Arts and Education Festival, focusing this year’s event on “S.T.E.A.M.” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

Listing the event’s  mission statement on its official website as, “Understanding that education is the pathway to success, the mission of the Knightdale Arts and Education Festival is to connect community members with local non-profits, educational, wellness and cultural arts opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to.”

The article at knightdalenc.gov went on to detail the Knightdale Arts and Education Festival as…a collaborative effort of community partners plays an important role in strengthening the educational component in Knightdale and Eastern Wake County.”

The Knightdale Arts and Education Festival (known in previous years as K-Fest) will take place this year on Saturday, September 8, and begins at 11:00 am and runs until 8:00 pm. As always, the Knightdale Arts and Education Festival will be held at Knightdale Station Parkand this years’ event has a main focus on the elements of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math).

Vendors will be on hand to provide interactive activities for participants to have an enriched festival experience. S.T.E.A.M. is a “movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.”

For more information on the 2018 Knightdale Arts and Education Festival, visit the Town of Knightdale website at knightdalenc.gov, or contact Susie Paschal for more information on  how you can be involved in this and any other of the great upcoming Town of Knightdale events…at the Station.

Town of Knightdale Remains One of the Safest Cities in North Carolina

Recently released was the annual rankings and poll by the highly accredited website, safewise.com, which lists on a yearly basis its Top 100 Safest Cities in North Carolina. Once again, as has been constant with every year of this process, and also justifying  you opting to move you and your family not only to one of the Triangle area’s most sought after new home neighborhoods, but also one that lends the perfect setting for raising your children, Knightdale Station, the town of Knightdale has once again been recognized as a part of this prestigious list.

Heaping praise on the town of Knightdale for its youthfulness and focus on active outdoor living in addition to its high safety ranking that placed it among the Safest Cities in North Carolina, the Safewise article said, “Young, vibrant, and affordable are just a few key words that describe this Raleigh metro area community.” The piece continued, “Packed with parks and greenways, Knightdale is committed to creating outdoor space that brings families out of their homes and helps them get to know their neighbors.”

The experts at Safewise actually give a direct tip of their cap to Knightdale Station specifically as one of the great reasons to live in the town as the article moves along, saying, “Knightdale Station is a state-of-the-art green space that’s still growing, but already offers a children’s playground, dog park, walking and running trails, and athletic fields.” Giving its full endorsement to Knightdale as not only one of the Safest Cities in North Carolina, but also as one that is “on the rise,” the Safewise article concludes, saying, “If you’re searching for an active family lifestyle at an affordable price, Knightdale is a sure bet. You’ll also appreciate its high marks for safety.

In coming up with their annual tally of the Safest Cities in NC, the experts at Safewise explain on their website, “We’ve paired the most recent FBI Crime Report, with our own independent examination to ring you North Carolina’s top 50 safest cities to settle in.” It goes on to explain that all North Carolina municipalities with a population of at least 5,000 residents as of 2012 were analyzed in their study of the Safest Cities in NC. Continuing on to explain the rankings process, Safewise noted, “We analyze the number of Violent Crimes, consisting of aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery, as well as Property Crimes, consisting of arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.” Once analyzed, the final ranking numbers are then calculated basing the chances upon each crime happening out of 1,000 to make the system even for basing it upon the municipalities with widely varying populations.

To read more about the inclusion of Knightdale in the Safest Cities in North Carolina list, or to see a breakdown of all the municipalities listed and the statistics gathered in this study, go to safewise.com.