KNIGHTDALE — One of the town’s largest employers, Wake Stone, has become the first major sponsor of the new Knightdale Station Park.
The company, founded 44 years ago in Knightdale, officially pledged $25,000 this month to sponsor a lighted athletic field for 15 years and the 2014 and 2015 Independence Day fireworks display.
“Wake Stone's sponsorship adds to the excitement in the park,” Knightdale Parks and Recreation director Tina Cheek said in a release. “The company has sponsored parks and rec teams for years and years. Their participation is fitting and will allow for new activities and events for the community.”
The sponsorship of the field was the fourth most expensive part of the park to sponsor.
One of the shelters, named Shelter A for right now, cost $45,000 to sponsor. The proposed skate park would be $36,000 and a second shelter would cost $22,500.
Some of the park’s bigger features, like the amphitheater that will be constructed as part of Phase Two, don’t have a price attached to them yet, as the town hasn’t determined a total price for the construction.
In addition to naming rights, the town proposed some park events that would coincide with the official recognition of naming the different parts of the park.
To officially honor the four potential sponsors of the future tennis court and the possible donor behind the name of the skate park, the town would hold a tennis tournament where the donors would be recognized.
The winner of naming rights for the dog park at Knightdale Station would be recognized at a special event at the dog park. Right now, the town’s plans don’t have anything specific noted.
For less expensive options, residents can purchase engraved bricks for $100 to help pave parts of the park.