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, November 03, 2006

Challenges of urban living

A fellow West Nashvillian witnessed some unusual activity early this morning at the White Bridge Road and I-40 Waffle House. Luckily for us, he shared details on his blog.
"I never know what to expect when I hear that... especially at 4 AM at Waffle House.

I stopped by where I work (sort of) at 4 AM this morning to pick up a large coffee and grab my paycheck out of the office. I was barely through the door when both waitresses and the cook started in with "You should have been here, you missed it!". Oh boy...

There's a Super 8 motel behind the restaurant that's popular with some of the drug dealers, prostitutes and paycheck-to-paycheck people in this part of West Nashville. Apparently some dude and his lady were back there putting powder up their noses and having a good time when the dude freaked out... The first my friends at Waffle House knew about it was when the "lady" came flying into the restaurant, in her underwear, ran back to the nathroom and hid... Hiding from...?

Hiding from the dude, who came flying through the door shortly after, wearing not a damn thing... ran around the restaurant... ran down the grill line, vaulted over the booths and ran back out the door... He hopped in a car (the lady's?) and drove off but apparently Metro Police caught up with him after a brief chase. Cici told me that the dude offered to share his stash with her if she'd just go back over to their room and get his drugs and his pants. It shook Judy up so bad she was actually up and cleaning things... trying to burn off the adrenaline rush.

I'd have stayed and gotten more details but... about that time news vans from two of the local TV stations showed up and started deploying cameras... I figured it was time to leave."
I needed this chuckle (though it's a sad story at its heart) this morning, but don't forget that living in an urban neighborhood has its challenges. This didn't happen in Sylvan Park, but it wasn't far away, either. As Doug Eckert often reminds attendees at SPNA membership meetings, report suspicious activity or criminal behavior to the police at (615) 862-8600.

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