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Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN  37882

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South Entrance Stairs & Railing Project Has Been Completed!

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Written by Mark Seder

Before and After of the Slope on the South End of the TRWABefore and After of the Slope on the South End of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum!

Panorama View of the Completed South Stairs, Railing & Bench at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumPanorama View of the Completed South Stairs, Railing & Bench at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Bench Added to the TRWA Steps.  Created by Rodney and Allison Pearson.Bench Added to the TRWA Steps. Created by Rodney and Allison Pearson. A great view of the Little River.This is a project that has been on the wish list of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club since back in 2008.  It was obvious that something needed to be done and there was a fix put in back in the early 2010's with railroad ties.  That brought a bit of erosion control and made it easier to climb the hill.  A lot of work was put into it by Tuckaleechee Garden Club and Blount County Master Gardeners to make this happen and had served well until in 2020 we started noticing decay of the railroad ties and know it would be just a matter of time that the stairs would need replaced, but who was going to take on that task and at what cost?

I (Mark Seder) announced in November 2021 that I would start the planning, preparation and installation of the south end steps in the winter of 2021/2022.   With a design in mind and ready to start the demolition, I was approached by Rodney and Allison Pearson and they would assist in completing the new steps.  Little did they know the time and effort that would be involved or the satisfaction of creating an incredible stairway to the lower trail of the TRWA.  On December 16 2021, I laid out the first two stairs that would end up being the start of a 30 step stairway that spans 63 ft. Rodney and Allison were there to help on the 17th of December until the last railing was installed on March 10, 2022. 

At every step of the way (No pun intended) Allison and Rodney supported the project, we worked together incredibly well and enjoyed building this massive undertaking.  I am also grateful of the support from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club who entrusted us to complete this project and provided much of the funds. 

Stop by and give them a try and take in the view of the Little River.

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Additional Articles on building the steps can be found here:

Here is the completed picture portfolio of the work that was involved in creating these steps.