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.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

New Community Center

There has been some discussion in the neighborhood lately about the possibility of a new community center in Sylvan Park. This facility might take a form more similar to the Centennial Sportsplex (i.e., including more fitness opportunities, such as an indoor pool and a weight room) . Don't get your hopes up about an ice rink, though.

Any existing plans are very preliminary at this point, but it has been mentioned that either Richland Park (replacing the current public pool) or the current site for the McCabe Community Center are possible locations for the facility.

This could be a wonderful resource for the neighborhood, if it's done the right way. Feel free to post a comment if you have more details to share. I'll post anything else I hear on this topic.


  1. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Love the idea! Can't wait to hear more.

  2. I would support thenotion, but how would it be funded.
    I would first support cleaning up alleys. As attractive as some homes seem to be on the front, there are many thet are in terrbile dissary and even smell bad from the back. Please be mindful that there is someone who has to look at the back of how you live.
    Mike Chilando
    121-123 39th ave n .

  3. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Why would we put a community center in a neighborhood filled with people who can all pay for memeberships at the YMCA, Delta, Club etc?

  4. I'm curious about the funding, too. That is a *great* point about the YMCA and other clubs. I'm not sure what the reasoning is, but I'll post anything I hear.

  5. Anonymous8:26 PM

    I am all for this, and have often wondered why such a small outdoor pool is considered enough for this neighborhood full of people and kids! I would love to be involved with the planning, who could I contact to be involved.

  6. I'm not sure about the planning part, but I will see if I can find out. More to come!

  7. Anonymous11:37 AM

    Please do not consider a new community center for Richland Park. Look at the traffic and parked cars on Park Avenue. What happens at Cohn Adult Learning Center and in Richland Park affects our lives.
    We are your neighbors!!
    We desperatley try to maintain the Victorian homes on Park Avenue for future generations. If you could have seen the faces of the school children who have toured my home, it would make you heart sing. They felt the importance of being a part of the past. I have had as many as 100 a day.

    We have the McCabe Community Center. Enlarge it add a pool. An inside pool may be used by Sylvan Park residents. The outside pool is being used by people who do not live in Sylvan Park according to a survey last summer. Not one person said they lived in Sylvan Park!