Knightdale pens rules for new park

aspecht@newsobserver.comSeptember 6, 2013 

  • Park rules

    •  The following are prohibited: smoking, drinking alcohol, carrying firearms (without a permit), hunting, swimming, capturing animals, amplified music, open fires and fireworks

    •  Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and owners must clean up after their pets

    •  Picnic shelters are open to the public unless reserved by someone. Those hoping to reserve a shelter must contact town staff more than 10 days ahead of the day of an event.

— Town officials think the speed limit they picked for roads in Knightdale Station is as noticeable as the park itself: 17 mph.

Town Council on Tuesday voted to implement rules for Knightdale Station, the 70-acre park that’s scheduled to open Sept. 19. A ban on alcohol and the speed limit on park roads received the most attention from town leaders.

The speed limit for park roads would have been 20 mph had Town Hall not adjusted them. But councilman Dustin Tripp and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended reducing it.

“I was thinking 15 (mph) – tops,” Tripp said.

Councilman Mike Chalk agreed: “You know they’re gonna go 5 (mph) over that.”

Seth Lawless, town manager, suggested a 13 mph speed limit because it’s a safe speed and commemorates the park’s opening year.

“That might be bad luck,” Tripp said.

Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen suggested the 17 mph speed limit, and council agreed to it, because “it’s an odd number and people pay attention to it.”

Town officials hope park-goers also pay attention to restrictions on smoking and drinking alcohol.

However, alcohol will likely be allowed at many town-sponsored events, and the town may grant alcohol permits to outside organizers. But Tina Cheek, Knightdale parks and recreation director, says her staff hasn’t yet discussed what conditions the event organizers must meet to obtain a permit.

“In general, no alcohol. But if you had a roped-off event, we’d deal with that differently,” Cheek said.

The town will treat overnight camping the same way. Although the park includes an open-space area for Scout troops, overnight camping is prohibited without a permit.

The park is open from dawn until dusk. People who stay later will be asked once to leave. Violators will be considered to be trespassing, Cheek said.

Specht: 919-829-4826

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