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.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Planning commission hearing today (Dec. 14)

The Metro Planning Commission will hold a public hearing today (Thursday, December 14) at 4 p.m. at the Howard Office Building auditorium (720 Second Avenue South) regarding the Downtown Community Plan: 2006 Update.

This hearing gives citizens the opportunity to weigh in regarding the plan update and to discuss the future of the downtown area. Here is an excerpt from the plan's executive summary describing the plan's purpose. (The full document is available at the MPC Web site.)
The purpose of the Downtown Community Plan Update: 2006 (Downtown Plan) is to guide growth and development in Downtown for the next five to seven years. The community plan update presents an opportunity to engage the community in assessing growth and development at a point in time, to discern a shared vision for future growth, and to adopt principles, policies, and tools to achieve that vision.

Since the Downtown Community Plan was last updated in 1997, Downtown Nashville has experienced impressive growth, including not only growth in the commercial and office sectors that are the hallmarks of any healthy downtown, but also in residential development and related services as more community members embrace urban living.

This robust, healthy growth is due, in large part, to a commitment by the private and public sectors, by residents, employers, and investors, to a shared vision for Downtown. A review of the 1997 Subarea 9 Plan reveals that much of the guidance given by the plan was put into practice and many of the recommendations made by the plan have been realized.

The update of the Downtown Plan evaluates the current state of Downtown – its successes and opportunities. The update builds on the past, while not being bound to it. Instead, the Downtown Plan offers a comprehensive plan for land use policy, related transportation and systems recommendations and a building regulating plan tailored to each neighborhood, to encourage the creation of the Downtown Nashville that citizens who work, live, play and invest Downtown have envisioned.
For questions and comments, please contact Jennifer Carlat at [jennifer.carlat at nashville.gov] or (615) 862-7210.

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