By Jonas Silver, Town of Knightdale
The Knightdale Town Council and Staff announced the design of a new permanent stage for Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater. The announcement was made on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the council’s annual Winter Retreat.
The announcement included a presentation of renderings of the stage created by architect Tony Johnson, who is a native of the Knightdale area. The renderings show the main stage facing the amphitheater field, as well as a smaller stage facing Whistle Post Way. The smaller stage will also include a memorial plaza featuring a star inlayed with brick pavers. Flags representing the five branches of the military will be displayed at each of the five points of the star.
Town Councilor Pete Mangum stated:
“We want to include a space at Knightdale Station Park that reflects our support of the military. The memorial offers our residents a place to gather and reminds us of the sacrifice of our soldiers. Soldiers provide us with the freedoms we enjoy in Knightdale and the rest of the country. It is important we recognize and reflect that in the heart of Knightdale.”
With the addition of the new stage will come opportunities for larger performances and many activities the town currently does not offer. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Programs Director, Robbie Worrell is energized about these opportunities. He said:
“The Knightdale Parks, Recreation and Cultural Programs team is excited to be a part of the new stage and plaza project coming to our town. We are diligently working to ‘Start Something for everyone’ by creating programming for all ages and cultures in this beautiful focal point of our park. We are also looking forward to partnerships with cultural partners such as the Raleigh Little Theatre and the Cultural Resources team from Holly Springs. Our plan is to bring great musical entertainment, comedy programs, health and wellness, youth programming as well as a program to honor our local veterans. Partnering with our local Two Green Thumbs Garden club is also very high on our list. The Knightdale Parks Recreation and Cultural Programs Team is eager to bring all of this to Knightdale residents and visitors!”
Knightdale Station Park is located at 810 N First Avenue, in Knightdale, North Carolina (Wake County).
Plans currently call for construction to begin just after the 2017 Fourth of July celebrations.
More information on the stage and memorial timeline will be available soon. Keep an eye out on the Knightdale website www.knightdalenc.gov, the Knightdale NC Facebook page, and @KdaleNC on Twitter for updates on the progress of this project.
Knightdale is one of the fastest growing towns in North Carolina. Set 10 miles east of Raleigh, Knightdale has a population of 15,000, and with a median age of 34, Knightdale is a young, vibrant town.