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, December 15, 2006

Improvements for Charlotte Pike and Richland Park

Can you imagine Charlotte Pike as an urban streetscape with wider sidewalks, improved traffic flow and more trees? University of Georgia graduate student Jason Riley can, and he's been living among us this semester on Elkins Avenue. Jason is looking for community input on his ideas, which I personally think would be wonderful for our neighborhood and the surrounding area, and he needs your thoughts and feedback pronto.

Please send Jason an email with your reflections to [jwriley at uga.edu] before Tuesday, December 18. Here's Jason's original message with more details:
My name is Jason Riley. I am a student at The University of Georgia's School of Environmental Design(Landscape Architecture) Program. I have chosen Richland Park as my terminal project. As you probably know, gathering community input is crucial for creating or improving public spaces.

This is academic in nature and likely will not be implemented, but I do plan to send my finished work to the City Planning Dept. for future consideration. Currently Richland Park is one of many proposed enhancement greenspaces according to "The Plan of Nashville"(Nashville Civic Design Center) but has no specific design proposed. This is where I want to come in.

I have been renting a house on Elkins during my 6 month internship here and my family and I have enjoyed walking to and using Richland Park. Over the months I have noticed a great potential for not only the park but the adjacent, older commercial area across Charlotte. My plans are to propose a streetscape improvement(wider sidewalks, street trees etc.) plan for this area as well as enhancing and improving the bus stop. Other ideas inside the park include enhance entrances at south corners and entrance from bus stop, creating allee' toward entry to Cohn Center, an outdoor theater in close proximity to the library, fountain, more seating, additional and wider walking paths, visual and sound buffer from interstate, area for weekend outdoor co-opp market, etc..

Any and all other suggestions are welcome. Unfortunately I am moving back to Georgia Dec 18th. I just missed the last meeting at Cohn due to the birth of my second child. Please let me know even if you have no ideas.
Congratulations to Jason on becoming a father for the second time. Please help him out with your feedback over the weekend.

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