Knightdale is a town that literally rose from the ashes. Situated directly east of Raleigh, the quaint little agricultural community was founded in 1927. But in 1940 a fire erupted in the downtown area, buming several businesses and homes to the ground. The people of Knightdale rallied quickly, though, and restored their proud downtown to its former glory.
Today, Knightdale is home to about 8,500 people. And while the population has steadily increased over the years, it remains a close-knit community with
unmistakable small-town charm. Moreover, residents are only about six miles away from downtown Raleigh and its many big-city amenities.
One of the town’s main gathering spots is the Knightdale Recreation Center, which hosts dozens of sports, recreation and educational programs for over 2,000 adults and children annually. Located on Lawson Ridge Drive and attached to Forestville Road Elementary School, the Center is part of a 169 acre tract that also includes a Community Park and Knightdale High School. The town is currently looking to expand its recreation facilities to include additional parks, greenways and open space areas.
Other town resources include Harper Park, located on Main Street. With swings, slides and several covered picnic shelters, it’s the perfect place to bring the kids. There’s also the new Teen Center, which has a pool table, air hockey, foosball, ping-pong table darts, games, arts and craft projects, a 52-inch plasma TV with Playstation, and computers with Internet access.
And for the perfect place to cool off during the summer, visit the Knightdale Pool. The pool clubhouse offers lessons and is available for rentals throughout the year. The site also has a nine-hole Frisbee golf course that is open to the public at no charge.
There’s also the Knightdale Environmental Education Park, located behind the Town Hall on Steeple Square Court. The park offers a half-mile walking trail, picnic shelters, four environmental sculptures and two observation overlooks.
Finally, Knightdale is also home to the renowned Knightdale Seafood and Barbecue. With its red-leather booths and laminated tables, the restaurant is known for its authentic, old-fashioned Southern fare, including fried catfish, tangy pork barbecue, chicken, popcorn shrimp and, of course, lots of sweet tea. However, there are a few surprises on the menu, including buffalo and ostrich burgers.
With all this going for it, it’s no wonder Knightdale adopted the motto, “Living at its Best.”