KNIGHTDALE — This town is hoping to open its new park with a bang – perhaps from a starting gun.
Knightdale Station, a 70-acre park on First Avenue, is scheduled to open to the public in the coming weeks. Phase one of the park includes athletic fields, picnic shelters, walking trails, a dog park and a destination playground.
Town leaders describe the park as a project that will transform downtown and thus spent about $1 million on upgrades to First Avenue in preparation for increased traffic.
The recently repaved road would provide a nice track for a 5K race – which Knightdale town staff says they are considering as part of a grand opening celebration on Aug. 17.
“Our goal is to provide a festival like atmosphere with the park being the main focus,” said Tina Cheek, Knightdale parks and recreation director.
The event is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It’s expected to feature live music, food vendors, games and a pet adoption site to promote the dog park, Cheek said.
Another attraction: Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen and Town Manager Seth Lawless agreed to take turns in a dunking booth.
“That’s right, folks will get to take a shot at the mayor,” Killen said.
The event could be rescheduled due to weather, Cheek said.