Historic Steps at Percy Warner Park to Close for Repair
Project marks first phase of multi-year campaign to preserve and protect Nashville’s largest park
Friends of Warner Parks and Metro Parks and Recreation Department today announced the temporary closure of the historic limestone steps at Percy Warner Park, effective Monday, January 6, 2020. The closure, which includes the steps and parkland surrounding the steps, will allow for much-needed repair and restoration at one of Nashville’s most iconic landmarks, known as the Allée. Construction is estimated to last six months. Hiking trails throughout the park will remain open.
“The historic steps, which opened in 1936, are a beloved destination for tens of thousands of visitors each year,” said Metro Parks Director Monique Odom. “As both an everyday entry point for hikers and a backdrop for some of life’s most memorable moments, the steps are an integral part of our city’s story, now requiring significant repair after generations of wear and tear.”
The Allée project, which marks phase one of a multi-phased park improvement plan, will repair deteriorating and damaged stonework, address drainage issues and erosion, re-establish original view sheds, and conserve habitat lost to invasive plants with woodland restoration.
“Our partnership with Metro Parks is strong, and we appreciate Metro’s investment to maintain Warner Parks’ 3,180 acres,” said Jenny Hannon, Executive Director of Friends of Warner Parks. “As users of the parks, it’s also our responsibility to ensure this land, its natural resources, and its rich history are preserved for future generations. We’d love for all Warner Parks enthusiasts and visitors to help support the effort, beginning with the restoration of these landmark steps.”
Funding for the project comes from the first phase of the It’s My Nature capital campaign, led by Friends of Warner Parks. The nonprofit organization seeks to raise $15 million for the comprehensive plan to restore historic structures, stonework and natural features throughout Warner Parks and to renovate the Warner Park Nature Center. Information on getting involved is on the Friends’ website.
Notes on events January 4-5, 2020: Officials invite park enthusiasts to visit the Allée steps at Percy Warner Park on Saturday, January 4, and Sunday, January 5, for a last chance to hike the steps before construction begins. The steps are located at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST each day, Friends of Warner Parks will host a tent with complimentary water, hot cocoa, and snacks provided; volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions about the Allée project and provide information about the It’s My Nature capital campaign and goals for Warner Parks in the years ahead.
Metro Parks offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, the department oversees nearly 16,000 acres of open space, including 178 parks and 99 miles of greenway. It is the department’s mission to sustainably and equitably provide everyone in Nashville with an inviting network of parks and greenways that offer health, wellness and quality of life through recreation, conservation and community.