The closure of the steps, officially known as the Allée, is located at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard and marks the first step in a multi-phase park improvement plan, which includes restoring damaged stonework, addressing drainage issues and erosion and conserving habitat lost to invasive plants, according to a release. The surrounding park area will also be closed to visitors.
“The historic steps, which opened in 1936, are a beloved destination for tens of thousands of visitors each year,” Metro Parks Director Monique Odom said in a news release. “The steps are an integral part of our city’s story, now requiring significant repair after generations of wear and tear.”
Construction is expected to last six months, according to the release.
For residents who wish to visit the steps before the construction work begins, Friends of Warner Parks will provide complimentary water, hot cocoa and snacks from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 4-5 and will be available to answer questions about the project.