Knightdale delays park opening

July 29, 2013 

From staff reports

Town Hall is postponing a celebration of the forthcoming park downtown.

Knightdale is planning an afternoon event with live music, food vendors, games and other features to kick off Knightdale Station, a 70-acre park on First Avenue originally scheduled to open on Aug. 17. However, the town announced last week that heavy rains were preventing work crews from completing the project on time. Thus, Knightdale is rescheduling the event to sometime in mid-September.

“We hated to delay it, but we really wanted everything to be ready on opening day,” Tina Cheek, Knightdale parks and recreation director, said in a statement.

Fred Boone, Knightdale town engineer, said the town couldn’t have planned for the unusual amount of rain the region has experienced this summer.

“None of us remembers a summer like this,” Boone said in a statement. “The rain just kept coming. As advanced as today’s construction equipment is, it just can’t do much when the ground is saturated. This recent dry period will really help our contractor catch up.”

Knightdale spokesman Brian Bowman says the town will announce a firm grand opening date in the coming weeks. Phase one of the park includes athletic fields, picnic shelters, walking trails, a dog park and a destination playground.

Town Manager Seth Lawless said work crews are still working on installing sod and irrigation at the athletic fields.

“They also need to put the dog park together and do some paving,” Lawless said.

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