Knightdale Environmental Park
The park closed to visitors on August 3rd, as crews work to revitalize the pond over the next 4-6 months. The goal is to restore the pond to its original size and depth, improving water quality. We will be dredging the pond and making upstream improvements. This restoration will protect the pond from future storms and reduce future silt infiltration. Crews will clear plant undergrowth along the shoreline and restore the wooden deck overlook.
Improvements at Harper Park
The Harper Park parking lot and surrounding area are closed as of January 18, 2021. These areas will remain closed for the duration of the stormwater improvement project (approximately 120 days). The tennis and pickleball courts will remain open during construction.
During this time, Harper Park will undergo a stormwater upgrade. A portion of the current stormwater swale that extends through the park, will be removed, stormwater piping will be installed underground, and the area will be regraded. This work will create a larger usable space for future park amenities, add more on-street parking, sidewalks, and ADA improvements to Main Street.
During construction, parking to the side or behind the Parks and Recreation building will not be available. Residents should use the parking area along Fourth Avenue and access the facility via the main promenade.
Thank you for your patience as we improve one of our Town's great parks!
Wake Stone Athletic Park
If you notice activity on the corner of Forestville Road and Old Crews Road, it is because the Town of Knightdale has begun construction on the new Wake Stone Athletic Park!
Wake Stone Corporation generously donated 50 acres of land to the Town of Knightdale to begin construction of a new Athletic park. The first phase will include five soccer fields, parking, and restroom facilities. A possible second phase, coinciding with an additional land donation from the Wake Stone Corporation, is projected to add five additional fields.
These fields will be managed and maintained by the North Carolina Football Club Youth (NCFC Youth). NCFC Youth is 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Raleigh, NC and the surrounding Greater Triangle. Since 1974, NCFC Youth has been committed to enhancing each player's soccer experience at every level and age of play. Through innovative soccer programming, player development opportunities, and a focus on coaching education, NCFC Youth operates creates an environment for more than 13,000 players and 800 coaches to grow on and off the field. NCFC Youth operates in collaboration with the North Carolina Football Club, the parent organization of North Carolina FC (USL, Men's Second Division) and North Carolina Courage (NWSL, Women's First Division). The collaboration creates a soccer pyramid from youth recreational leagues up to the highest level of men's and women's professional soccer in North Carolina.
As part of this partnership, NCFC Youth will pay for the operating costs and will maintain the facility. The facility is estimated to bring 261,0000 visitors per year to Knightdale and generate approximately $5 million per year in spending at local businesses and restaurants.
Wake County awarded the project a $1 million grant in support of construction.
The Wake Stone Athletic Park will be economic development catalyst site for Knightdale; generating revenue for local businesses and providing an opportunity to showcase Knightdale to families across North Carolina!