About SPNA

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) is the collective community voice for addressing neighborhood issues such as zoning, security, beautification, traffic, metropolitan services, and environment.

SPNA members meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Senior Renaissance Center of Cohn Adult Learning Center at 4805 Park Avenue.

About Sylvan Park

Welcome to Sylvan Park! We hope you love this neighborhood as much as we do. Here are some helpful answers to commonly asked questions from newcomers.

What, exactly, is Sylvan Park?
The boundaries of the growing Nashville neighborhood are Charlotte Ave. to the north, Richland Creek to the west, railroad tracks to the south and east. Here is a Google map of the Sylvan Park neighborhood (zoom in for more detail).




Why do Sylvan Park residents love living here?
Here are just a few reasons.

  • Sylvan Park's many restaurants and businesses, within walking distance.

  • The newly-built McCabe Park Community Center, which offers patrons of all ages a modern and friendly place to exercise or spend leisure time, in a beautiful park setting; it also offers a variety of fitness classes and a full-service fitness center.

  • Richland Park Branch Library offers many programs for all ages, right in the neighborhood.

  • Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center is a well-regarded public elementary school with an active PTO.

  • Many Nashville Community Education classes take place at the Cohn School.

  • The popular Richland Park Farmer’s Market is on Saturday mornings in Richland Park.

  • Speaking of parks, the neighborhood has two of them - Richland Park and McCabe Park.

  • The Richland Creek Greenway is a 3.8 mile paved, looped path in our neighborhood, connecting McCabe Park and the Sylvan Park neighborhood with shopping centers along White Bridge Pike and Harding Road, and Nashville State Community College.

  • The McCabe Golf Course is a 27-hole golf course and practice facility that has been voted best place to play by Nashville Scene Magazine.

  • There are many opportunities to meet and socialize with your neighbors (see some links below for many active community organizations).

What should I do when I move here?

  • Join Nextdoor! :) Our neighborhood has an extremely active online community on Nextdoor, a private social network where neighbors can buy/sell goods, get business recommendations and experiences, share news and emergency alerts, and so much more. There are also lots of Facebook pages for neighborhood groups, including (but not limited to): SPNA, Sylvan Park Moms' Club, Sylvan Park PTO, Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy, the SPURS Running Club, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, Friends of Richland Park Branch Library, tons of local restaurants and businesses, and so many more.

  • Join the Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA). Since 1984, SPNA has been the collective community voice for addressing neighborhood issues such as zoning, security, beautification, traffic, metropolitan services, and environment. We sponsor a variety of social events throughout the year including a family movie night, annual golf tournament, a 4th of July parade, Night Out Against Crime, and a holiday party with caroling. There is also an informative quarterly neighborhood SPNA newsletter.

  • Sign up for Kathleen Murphy's email newsletter. Our councilwoman's updates contain helpful information and important links and events for Nashville's District 24, where our neighborhood is located. Her email is kathleen.murphy@nashville.gov if you need to reach her directly.

  • Explore the neighborhood! With all the nearby restaurants and places to go for recreation, the hard thing will be deciding what to do first, and which are your favorites!


What is the history of Sylvan Park?
Sylvan Park was established in 1887 and our neighborhood continues to evolve. Sylvan Park has a fascinating history, chronicled in “Nashville’s Sylvan Park,” by Yvonne Eaves and Doug Eckert (available through the Nashville Public Library system).

Who should I contact if...

  • I see something suspicious or concerning, but not necessarily criminal? Call the police nonemergency number at 615-862-8600.

  • I notice a problem with a city service or codes issue? You can submit a public works request here, or file a codes complaint here. Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy is a great resource for this, but you can also find a lot of information on the Nashville Metro web site 24 hours a day.

  • I have some other really, really random question? Nextdoor is about to be your best friend.



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Winter SPNA newsletter now available

The latest issue of the SPNA newsletter is now available online. Printed copies are in the process of being delivered to neighborhood homes. See inside for details about the annual SPNA holiday party Sunday, Dec. 11.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall SPNA newsletter now available

SPNA Journal Fall 2016
The latest issue of the SPNA newsletter is now available online. Printed copies are in the process of being delivered to neighborhood homes. See inside for details about the second-annual Sylvan Park Movie Night, coming up on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Friday, June 17, 2016

SPNA visioning sessions June 18, 23, 25 and July 9

This summer, SPNA is hosting a series of visioning sessions to start a conversation designed to foster a sense of community and find consensus about what draws people to Sylvan Park. Each session will include a review of the community survey conducted last fall and and open discussion to define strengths and successes while looking for opportunities to improve. The goal is to create a common vision for the neighborhood that celebrates what makes Sylvan Park a great place to live.

There will be four sessions to encourage as much as participation by neighbors as possible. The dates along with a link to sign up are provided below. Please email spna@sylvanpark.org if you have any questions about the sessions.

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
McCabe Community Center
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spna-visioning-session-tickets-26034180936

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Park CafĂ© 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spna-visioning-session-tickets-26034229080

Saturday, June 25th, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cohn Senior Renaissance Center
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spna-visioning-session-tickets-26034269200

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Richland Park Public Library
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spna-visioning-sessions-tickets-26035119744