The foremost authority on “helping you understand what it’s like to live in different places across America,” at homesnacks.net have released their poll of the Best Places to Raise a Family for 2019 and the Town of Knightdale was once again near the top of their listing, landing among the top 15 municipalities in the state.
In the site’s blogpost by Chris Kolmar, detailing the 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC, he gives a basic overview and methodology of how the results are figured out, in addition to a brief recollection of questions the average family, such as yous that has just found your new dream home at Knightdale Station, may ask which their analysis can help you too arrive an easier and educated answer.
“According to the United States Census,” Kolmar started, “the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?”
Following these rhetorical questions, he later in the blogpost explained more exactly how they compile the annual Best Places to Raise a Family in NC, saying, “We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible.” Kolmar continued, “Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of North Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
Crime (Both violent and property)
Quality of local schools
Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
% of households with children
Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
Utilizing all of the information explained above, the experts at HomeSnacks then give each of the 60 municipalities a “family score,” whereas, obviously, the higher the score the higher the ranking on the final list of Best Places to Raise a Family in NC.
The Town of Knightdale finished in the final listing of Best Places to raise a Family in NC at number 14, with an overall amenities score of 58. Its overall score in the ever important categories of safety, education, and affordability were both a solid 8 out of 10, to help wityh its lofty position on the list.
To read more on the 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC visit homesnacks.net.
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.
Making the most special event of the season even more entertaining, it has just been announced that local TV and Radio personalities, Rene Chou from WRAL and WQDR’s Mike Wheless will be hosting the Knightdale Christmas Parade this Saturday, December 2 starting at 2:00 pm.
Continuing to grow and provide the town residents with a grander event each and every year, town officials made the announcement of the guest hosts, who will join the area businesses and of course, jolly ol’ Saint Nick as part of this year’s offering of the Knightdale Christmas Parade.
Chou, the popular anchor and reporter for WRAL TV news, brings to the Knightdale Christmas Parade an impressive resume that includes three Emmy awards for General Assignment Reporting, her incredible coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2014, and in 2013 for her impeccable research and coverage of the Kathy Taft murder trial. Additionally, Renee boasts a slew of other awards and honors from such distinguished organizations as the Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Association, and the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
For the past 25 years, Mike Wheless has been as recognizable of a voice as there is in the state of North Carolina. Mike has spent the past quarter century coming over the airwaves to the folks of the Triangle area and currently sits as the host of the wildly popular Q Morning Crew on 94.7 WQDR-Raleigh. Much like his co-host for the 2017 Knightdale Christmas Parade, Wheless has been decorated over his career on the air by such reputable organizations as the Country Music Academy and the American Country Music Awards. Making his being named host of the Knightdale Christmas parade and even more fitting nomination, Mike has also locally been honored as the Knightdale Citizen of the Year in 2003, an Honorary Knightdale Deputy Mayor, and has received the Knightdale Mayor’s Award for Commitment to Community.
This year’s Knightdale Christmas Parade starts at 2:00 pm and will run its usual route down First Avenue. For more information on the event, visit knightdalenc.gov.
In what is becoming a common thread in the safewise.com annual rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina, and also justification for you selecting 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 2017 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.
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.
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:
Striving to give area vendors an outlet to supply local residents with the best seasonal produce around as well as high quality handmade and homemade goods, while giving them a greater awareness of local agriculture and a place to sell their goods, the Farmers Market in Knightdale runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May through October.
This year the Farmers Market in Knightdale adds another fun aspect to the event; with a different theme featuring guest exhibitors from around the area will attend and correlate with going on each week. Ranging from more fun themes such as “Princesses and Superheroes” or “Pet-a-Palooza” in the first two weeks of June to some more educational topics like Farmers Appreciation Week or the Latin Fest in honor of Mexican Independence Day later in the Farmers Market in Knightdale schedule, the new theme idea is sure to be a hit with all attendees.
Another new feature weekly at the Farmers Market in Knightdale will be the addition of weekly Food Trucks. With the enormous popularity of both the “Food Truck Thursday” events and the “Food Truck Rodeos” held at Knightdale Station Park, the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department officials who organize the Knightdale Farmers Market decided to bring in the trucks each Saturday this year as well.
The “Drive-Thru Market” will also debut at this years’ Farmers Market in Knightdale. This will be available during those weeks when the weather is not cooperating. In case of rain or inclement weather, there will be updates via social media to announce that the “Drive-Thru Market” will be taking place and you can pick up your goods while still in your car at the coned off area along Station Run Road. The “Drive-Thru Market” will be open weekly regardless of weather to cater to those with handicap tags, so they too can enjoy the fresh local tastes available each Saturday.
There will be live music provided by some of the area’s most popular local acts at most of the Farmers Market in Knightdale events throughout the summer and for the little ones in the family, “Kids Corner” will be open and follow along with activities in accordance with each weekly theme.
The only two weeks between May 14 and October 8 that there will not be a Farmers Market are May 28 and July 2. For more information on the Farmers Market in Knightdale and all the great upcoming Town of Knightdale events visit their website at knightdalenc.gov.
With the addition of new industry and business coming into town and the opening of Knightdale’s largest master planned community, Knightdale Station, in the fall, it comes as no surprise that when the end of the year numbers for 2015 were tallied that the numbers showed Knightdale Residential Growth continuing at a record setting pace for the town.
While Knightdale Residential Growth has seen an upward trend for some time, the increase in numbers from 2014 to 2015 was one that was even more dramatic than the steady climb the town has seen in years previous. An example of the huge jump in 2015 in Knightdale Residential Growth would be the 59 percent increase in permits given out for single family homes in 2015 versus the year previous. This saw developers apply for 215 new home permits in Knightdale last year as opposed to just 135 in 2014. Likewise, the “value of improvement” was another increase that was seen in Knightdale Residential Growth, as the average value of a new Knightdale home in 2014 was $191,689, where as in 2015 that number jumped over $10,000 per unit to an average of $204,080.
The Town’s Development Service Director, Chris Hills spoke of the Knightdale Residential Growth, pointing to some incredible new amenities as one of the reasons for the larger increase this year. “These numbers are some of the best we’ve seen since before the recession,” he noted. “We’re seeing the market respond to policies put into place by our Mayor and Council. The new amenities, such as Knightdale Station Park and Mingo Creek Trail, are also helping us create an attractive place for residents and businesses to invest.”
The numbers for Knightdale Residential Growth weren’t the only ones that saw a significant spike, however, as the town was also pleased to see commercial investments on the upswing as well. In the calendar year of 2015, it was noted that developers spent over $16 million on new commercial property in Knightdale. By comparison, this number was over five times the figure from 2014, as commercial investment in the town in 2014 was only around the $3 million mark.
Summing up the impressive increase in both commercial investments and in Knightdale Residential Growth, Mayor, James Roberson stated, “We believe Knightdale provides both a healthy business environment and a desirable place to live.”
To see more on new businesses coming to Knightdale, visit the town’s official website at knightdalenc.gov. If interested in some of the most beautiful residential properties, including ready to move in homes or sites to build on in the town’s largest master planned community, Knightdale Station, you can view these options at knightdalestation.com
The first day of the Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, will be chocked full of fun for the kids, as it will include such great holiday activities as , Letters to Santa, visiting with Mrs. Claus and the head elves, , music and a visit from Santa Claus himself! There will be food trucks on hand for the festivities at Knightdale Station during the tree lighting ceremony, as C&J Funnel Cakes, Baguettaboutit, Stuft, and the Knightdale Lions Club, who will be serving up free hot chocolate and hot cider to keep everyone warm will all be a part of the event. The star level sponsors for this years Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue tree lighting event are Cricket Wireless of Knightdale and Zaxby’s of Knightdale.
As if the majestic tree lighting ceremony is not enough to get everyone filled with holiday cheer, the Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue celebration continues the following day with the annual Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will feature a very special “Grand Marshall,” as local YouTube sensation, Johanna Colon will be doing the honors. Kicking off on on Saturday, December 5th at 2pm in downtown Knightdale, the parade route will be the same as last years’ beginning at the parking lot at Knightdale Elementary School and finishing up at the Knightdale Station Park. Christmas Parade food trucks to include the popular and delicious seafood offerings of Cousins Maine Lobster among others will be located at Main Street and First Avenue as well as in the parking lot of Northside Community Church.
For all the details on both the tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 4, and the parade on Saturday, December 5, visit the Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue event page at www.knightdalenc.gov. For information on the great events upcoming and available homes and home sites at Knightdale Station new home community, visit here.
(Photo credit to Town of Knightdale/Megan Thornton)