A Letter on COVID-19 From ED Jenny Hannon

March 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

During these challenging times, Warner Parks, our Sanctuary in the City, remains a place where we can revel in nature, walk among the wildflowers, read a book on the banks of the little Harpeth, or stroll under the canopy of trees…like Nashvillians have done for nearly 100 years.

As part of Mayor Cooper’s Safer at Home order, Nashville’s city parks, including the Warner Parks, remain open to date. We encourage you to take all measures to keep yourself and your family safe. Therefore, if you use Warner Parks, we ask that you please do so with extra care in the upcoming weeks. Please remember:

  • Follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Don’t walk in groups and please maintain a distance of at least six feet and maintain hand hygiene.
  • All Warner Park facilities and bathrooms are closed.
  • The Dog Park, all picnic areas, and playgrounds are also closed.
  • Trails have been very muddy due to the recent rains. Please hike with caution.
  • Trash is collected regularly, but as always, we ask that you take your trash with you when you leave the Parks.
  • Starting March 25, the Belle Meade entrance to Percy Warner Park and the Page Road lot will be closed to the public due to the phase of the Allée Steps Restoration that involves moving rock and heavy equipment in that area. Hikers, runners and cyclists may access trails at the Deep Well Trailhead (6921 Highway 100) and the Chickering Road Trailhead (1651 Chickering Rd). A small section of the Equestrian Trail is also closed; the map at the Equestrian Trailhead indicates this closure. These closures are expected through May 2020.

We encourage your family’s health and safety. If you and yours are feeling well and will follow these rules of today’s new “normal”, we hope you’ll connect with nature in Warner Parks. For now, just keep your distance and wave at your fellow humans as you hike by. Hopefully, our current struggles and physical separations will soon be behind us.

As the situation is changing daily, we'll continue to keep you up to date on news related to the Parks.

With hope and gratitude,
Jenny Hannon, Executive Director