Town Council aired their opinions about a proposed sign for Knightdale Station Park last week, but concerns about where the sign should go turned the discussion toward what to do with unused space in the park’s roundabout.
The almost 9-foot, double-sided sign was designed over a few months by the town’s Parks and Rec Department. The sign will use material used throughout the park and features the town’s new logo on a metal circle inserted into the wood material that makes up the majority of the sign.
Once Council approves the sign, interior naming signs can be made. The town allowed companies and individuals to buy naming rights to different parts of the park and will make signs that reflect the sponsorship.
Parks and Rec Director Tina Cheek presented the sign to let them know what it looks like, but it was not up for approval last week.
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Cheek told councilors there were two areas where the sign would fit: the corner of Whistle Post Way and First Avenue or in the roundabout near the park’s playground.
While many drivers use the entrance at Whistle Post Way to access the playground, there will be other entry points as the park and nearby subdivision, Knightdale Station, are completed.
Right now, residents can also use Knightdale Station Run, on the north side of the park or Poplar Street, which is on the southern side of the park. Whistle Post Way is between those two.
Mayor Russell Killen said he liked the sign and while he wasn’t suggesting it go in the roundabout, council should consider the empty space that’s there.
“I worry about our roundabout ... it is the centerpiece of the park,” he said, also describing it as “bare.”
Killen pointed out that drivers coming from Knightdale Boulevard to the park would see several other landmarks before ever seeing the sign.
The town will be putting a water tower feature on the north side of the park, the Knightdale Station subdivision will have an entrance sign and there is a whole block of open shelters before a driver would see the sign.
Killen said the sign loses some of its appeal after that display.
“It’s underwhelming after seeing the other features,” he said.
But Councilor Mike Chalk felt the sign should go on First Avenue. As a double-sided sign, it would also be a marker for residents coming from the south, which doesn’t have features visible from First Avenue.
The discussion was not intended to lead to a final decision, but Killen suggested Parks and Rec look into remedying the roundabout.
Chalk suggested making directional signs. He also mentioned the possibility of using plants to make the space more inviting.
“It needs to be something unique,” Killen said.