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.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Nashville West

The Tennessean has a story on the forthcoming Nashville West shopping center in today's edition. Planned stores include Costco, Target, Old Navy, Dick's Sporting Goods and Best Buy. The story doesn't say when the other stores will open, but Costco is scheduled to be up and running before the end of the year.

I'm glad to see the old shopping center replaced with new development because it was definitely an eyesore, in my opinion, but I know there are also concerns about how the new shopping center will affect nearby H.G. Hill Park. (For those who haven't noticed it while driving down Charlotte or I-40 West, the new development is gradually emerging here.)

One thing I'm a little puzzled about is why Target is opening a store in the center, only two miles away from the location it just renovated on White Bridge Road. Corporations don't toss grass in the wind to make site selection decisions, so I'm sure they've spent a lot of time thinking about this.

I also wonder if this center will wipe out Bellevue Center once and for all. It's essentially taking away the Old Navy store that was in the mall not long ago.


  1. Anonymous6:38 PM

    I was wondering the samething about the Target, especially since the White Bridge Rd. Target was just remodeled. I was hoping for a better grocery store. The Kroger on Charlotte needs an upgrade like the West Meade Kroger - which I find myself going to instead of Charlotte Park - though it is closer. A Publix would be nice.

  2. I completely agree. There are plans to build a Publix and a Harris Teeter across the street from each other near Harding Road and White Bridge Road, so that's good news.

  3. Dan & Kim Simpson9:07 PM

    Cosco is a welcomed addition so we don't have to drive to Cool Springs!

  4. When I worked in Raleigh, the Super Target Greatland was very large like a Super Walmart with a full blown grocery store and wine store.

    I wonder the same, but the White Bridge location pales in comparison to what I've seen. I guess the same questioning goes for WalGreens - it's all about market share against WalMart, I suppose.

    I trust that Bellevue and West Nashville can support the new Target; and Sylvan Park / West End can support the White Bridge location.

    see the pictures here:


  5. Thanks, Kerry. Is the Target going in at Nashville West a Super Target? I would be very excited if that's true. That's a different offering, and it would make sense with another Target relatively close by.

    For me, the new Target (super or not) is almost exactly the same distance as the one on White Bridge Road (it's down to the tenth of a mile from my driveway, according to Google Maps), so my choice will either depend on 1) the new one being Super Target or 2) my mood the day I go. ;)

    I'm sure there's enough income to support both locations. It just seems weird if they're both human, mortal Targets and not Super Target.

  6. Anonymous5:44 PM

    What Nashville West really needs is a gym, like Gold's Gym, and a movie rental store in the area. This is a NEED!

  7. Hopefully the revitalization of this shopping center will lead to more new businesses. I have a feeling that this area will change substantially with the opening of the full slate of stores.