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.
Beginning the week of June 13, the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps offer an affordable way for your children to stay active, make new friends, and create great memories throughout the summer months.
Celebrating its second summer, “Camp Knightdale Station” will once again be the “hottest” thing going for kids in the Knightdale community from the first week, where the theme will be “Exploration Week,” (June 13-17) straight through the final week before traditional schools return to session from August 22-26 when the kids go “Around the World.” The activities are seemingly never ending at the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps as throughout the week the kids will enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, assemblies, field games, sports, devotions, and more.
The full schedule of week by week “themes” for the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps are as follows:
June 13 – 17: Exploration Week
June 20 – 24: Detective Week
June 27 – July 1: Boys vs. Girls Week
July 5 – 8: Holiday Week
July 11 – 15: Water Week
July 18 – 22: Medieval Week
July 25 – 29: Highland Games
Aug. 1 – 5: Space Week
Aug. 8 – 12: Olympic Week
Aug. 15 – 19: Survivor Week
Aug. 22 – 26: Around the World
Offering the flexibility of signing up for any of the weekly themed camps up until midnight on the Thursday before they begin, the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps are equally as convenient for the adults in the family as they are for the children. For members, the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps are reasonably priced at just $139 per child for the week ($159 for non-members). There is a late signup fee of only $20 if you do register a child after the midnight Thursday deadline, but they still are able to attend if that week’s theme is one that your youngster decides late that they would like to be a part of.
The weekly camps are offered to children who are in grades K-5 and the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps run from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information including registration information, visit ymcatriangle.org.
With the swimming pool set to open early next month and several programs available throughout the summer and heading into the fall that all children can enjoy, the YMCA at Knightdale Station will keep your kids active just up the block from your new home at Knightdale Station.
Located at 494 Knightdale Station Run, the YMCA at Knightdale Station is currently offering a weekly day camp, “Camp Knightdale Station,” that will keep your children active for the entire five-day sessions. Throughout each day, the campers take part in field games, sports, arts and crafts, devotions, assemblies, and once the pool opens, swimming as well. The full day summer camps run for children grades K-5 each Monday-Friday and through the week of August 21.
Tentatively set to open on the weekend of July 4, the outdoor swimming pool at the YMCA at Knightdale Station will be the perfect spot to have a “splashing” good time and also for the youngsters to get some lessons in how to be safe around the water. In addition to being able to enjoy the water slide and all the fun of spending time in the water with their friends, there is also swimming lessons for children ages 6-12 at all skill levels to soon be offered at the YMCA at Knightdale Station. Beginners will learn to become comfortable in the pool and be shown basic stroke movement, while advanced swimmers are shown more advanced stroke technique, safety skills, and how to build endurance. Anyone taking the lessons will be evaluated on day one to ensure they are put in the class that best suits their needs.
Also, just announced for the Fall 2015 season at the YMCA at Knightdale Station was a recreational preschool youth soccer program. Living by the Y’s credo that “everyone plays,” three and four year old can sign up to develop basic skills of the game, learn to be a good teammate and sportsmanship, and most importantly have fun. The leagues will start on September 17 and will play on Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m.
YMCA at Knightdale Station memberships are already available, and both members and non-members can attend each of these programs. For more information on pricing and membership to the YMCA at Knightdale Station visit their website at www.ymcatriangle.org . For information on the new homes and lots available at Knightdale Station, visit www.knightdalestation.com .