The town has received unofficial word from the state that the town will be able to use grant funds to change the scope and location of a water feature planned for Knightdale Station Park.
Originally, the misting feature was to have been incorporated into an ornamental water tower between the two shelters at the corner of First Avenue and Knightdale Station Run. Town leaders have since moved away from the water tower idea, but funds from a $400,000 state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, or PARTF, grant were tied to adding a water feature at the park.
The town has been told it may fulfill the requirement of a water feature by using the funds to build misting stations but not a water tower, Administrative Services Director Suzanne Yeatts said. The town was still waiting on official written approval from the state to proceed.
Also, the revised plan calls for moving the misting stations from near the shelters to the playground area just to the south of the shelters, serving visitors in the busiest area of the park on a daily basis and along a pathway also used for the 5-kilometer runs that go through the park.
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The misting feature will tie into the existing farm theme of the playground, according to Yeatts.
The state also gave permission for the town to use $9,000 of the PARTF grant to buy a portable stage, which has already been purchased. The town is also planning to build a permanent stage opposite the grassy “amphitheater” area of the park from the shelters.
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