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50 at 50 | October 13

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Friday, October 13, 2017
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Earlier this week, I headed out for a park that I often see in online reviews and social media posts - Knightdale’s Station Park. All the information I had seen focused on the playground area that has a train/farm theme. Well, I was surprised when I made a right turn into the park. It was so much more than the play area I had been exposed to online.

In 2011 the town had the opportunity to purchase a former nursery in downtown Knightdale and plans for Knightdale Station were set in motion. Opened in September 2013, the 76-acre park offers two miles of paved trails through groves of trees and along a boardwalk on a pond, the town’s first dog park, athletic fields, and a playground. The farm and train-themed play area is a reminder of Knightdale’s railroad and agricultural past. There’s a train with tunnel and slides, a working railroad crossing with lights and bells, a 2-story silo, a play chicken coop, a corral of bouncy horses, a cow to climb on and lots to inspire the imagination. Phase II is underway with tennis courts, an amphitheater, farmers market, and arboretum. 

I loved the train depot feel in the design of the shelters that are used for the farmers market and other outdoor events. Even though it was a cloudy day and had recently rained, the playground was full of kids representing a plethora of ages. And three furry friends were getting their play on in the dog park. As a walker, I liked that the greenway in the park was not just a loop around the perimeter but meandered through the park and gave a walker multiple options to craft their own walking experience.

If you are traveling on Hwy 264 or Interstate 540 in eastern Wake County, I recommend a quick detour to see Knightdale Station Park for yourself. For more information on the park visit http://knightdalenc.gov/index.aspx?page=562

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