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.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Belcourt hosts Fylmz finale tonight (Feb. 10)

The Belcourt Theatre is hosting the final day of the inaugural Fylmz Festival today. You can still catch the festival awards ceremony tonight at 10 p.m., and if you're itching to see some of the festival submissions, several are being shown during the day today (full schedule).

Here's a brief description of the Fylmz organization and the festival from the Fylmz site:
FYLMZ is dedicated to the advancement of film and filmmakers through the empowerment of their fans. We strive to create an environment that is entertaining, rewarding, and free of any elements that undermine fair and focused competitions, yet allow for collaboration and community for those with a common interest in the creation, dissemination, and consumption of film-related concepts ...

The Fylmz Festival is the culmination of a year-long search for the best in independent film. What started with online submissions and moved on to two separate audience-only pre-festival judging rounds (online and panel voting), screenings of the top short and feature vote-getters will be the name of the game, along with an awards presentation with an unmatched Grand Prize: $100,000 and a distribution deal. Be there to help make independent film history!
City Paper Reporter Ron Wynn reported on the festival this week:
Such actors as Cheri Oteri, Ricki Lake, Billy Baldwin and Wanda Sykes are among the high profile names featured in the 10 feature films competing for a $100,000 grand prize in the premiere Fylmz Festival that begins today at the Belcourt Theatre and continues through Feb. 10. These are the finalists (plus 40 short films competing in another category) selected from 222 films submitted from around the world, with the finalists chosen by the Fylmz.com online community.
If you do take in the festival, Sylvan Park resident and filmmaker Ashley Haugen has written an article to get you up to speed on the experience. OK, so her advice is primarily for other aspiring filmmakers, but it's a good read and one that will help you fit in while you're there.

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