Knightdale Parks and Rec receives largest grant in department history for new park

mhankerson@newsobserver.comFebruary 7, 2014 

— Knightdale Parks and Recreation was recently awarded the largest grant the department has ever received – $400,000 – to help pay for some of the projects included in Phase II of Knightdale Station Park.

The state grant, called the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant, gives money to recreational projects on a single site as well as efforts to preserve natural resources. It is open to any municipality in the state.

It will help Knightdale construct two shelters, the amphitheater area and a water tower/misting station at Knightdale Station Park. The $400,000 will cover the cost for all of those projects.

Without the grant, the budget would not have paid for the cost of the misting station, which is estimated to be about $75,000.

“We are very excited to get the grant, it’s a very competitive process (and) it’s allowing us to add back in the water tower,” Parks and Recreation Director Tina Cheek said.

Other parts of the park, like the $192,240 playground, were paid for by other grants.

Even though the grant for park projects was unexpected, Knightdale has an extremely successful history with applying for and receiving grants and donations.

According to the town’s 2013 audit, the town received 34 percent of the town’s total revenue from property taxes, grants and other contributions.

The audit reported the town gets $5,421,563 from property taxes and $5,398,541 from grants and donations.

When the audit was released, Finance Director Jimmie Overton said he suspects Knightdale won’t receive quite as much grant money after 2015.

“The agencies that give out these grants have to spread the wealth around,” he said. “We have gotten more than our fair share of grant money.”

Each department handles their own grant applications. Large construction grants go to the Public Works Department.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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