Knightdale planning grand opening for park

aspecht@newsobserver.comJuly 15, 2013 

The playground at Knightdale Station, shown here on June 30, features several slides. The town is planning a grand opening on Aug. 17.


— 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.

Specht: 919-829-4826

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