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, August 30, 2006

Recreation Center Update

Jason Holleman passed along the following information about preliminary plans for a new recreation/community center in the neighborhood:

If built, the new recreation center is expected to have an indoor pool. The current outdoor pool in Richland Park was built many years ago. Metro Parks finds it difficult to operate (i.e. limited season, hiring/managing lifeguards at a location that isn't connected to other Parks' facilities with full-time employees). Therefore, regardless of where the new recreation center is built, it seems likely that the outdoor pool would close in conjunction with the opening of a facility with an indoor pool in the neighborhood. The leading location for the center may be just up the hill from the current McCabe Community Center, but nothing has been decided.

Public meetings are expected to be held before major decisions are made to gain public input on everything from architecture of the building to the services offered at the facility.

Jason mentioned that he learned this information from Curt Garrigan at Metro Parks. If you're interested in learning more about the center, call Metro Parks at (615) 862-8400.

(Note: The above photo has nothing to do with any plans for a neighborhood recreation center. I just thought it looked cool.)


  1. bradley williams9:14 AM

    Has the area at 51st and Wyoming that houses a few metro social services offices been considered as a site for the rec center? I'd like to see the new rec center up there. Beautiful sunsets up there. Won't there be greenway access right there as well?

    I will be disappointed if the new rec center doesn't have a nice out door pool. Centennial Sportsplex has a huge indoor pool less than 2 miles away that is open to the public. Do we need another pricey indoor pool so close to Centennial's? Is Centennial's pool too crowded? Do residents of Sylvan Park want an indoor or an outdoor pool?

  2. I'm not sure about the location question. I have heard that the locations that have been mentioned were candidates because they are higher traffic areas, so that might cause a problem with 51st and Wyoming.

    Good point about Centennial. I'll be curious to hear more about that as discussion about the center continues.