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, February 08, 2007

Run For Kate's Sake starting Saturday (Feb. 10)

From neighbor Angie Lithgow:

I am hoping that you will help me with an important project to benefit a family that lives in Sylvan Park.

Many of you may have already heard that the area is hosting a five mile run to benefit the Greenway. The run will be held on April 7th, and it is called the Richland Creek Run. It will start on Park Avenue near the Cohn Adult Learning Center and proceed through Sylvan Park, the Richland Creek Greenway, Cherokee Park and Richland-West End before returning to Park Avenue. Mayor Purcell is kicking the race off at 8 a.m., and he will be walking part of the greenway at 9am as part of the promotion. Several local companies and organizations are serving as sponsors, including The Wilson Group, Saint Thomas Health Services, Montgomery Bell Academy and The Nashville Scene.

In light of this event, I am searching for people who would be interested in taking part of a special team - A Team For Caroline and Kate. For those of you who are not aware of this family’s struggles, their journey is amazing and inspiring. The Kirk family lives in Sylvan Park where they raise their two girls. Caroline is 7 years old, and Kate is 4. When Caroline was five years old, she was diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic disorder called Niemann-Pick Type A/B. Kate was diagnosed with the same disease just a few months later. While Caroline’s symptoms had already progressed too far to receive a cord blood transplant, Kate qualified for the procedure. As Kate’s condition holds steady, Caroline’s condition becomes more fragile. This family lives with the severe effects of this terrible disease every day, yet they continue to inspire others - myself included. They carry themselves with grace and speak of acceptance in a manner which touches people’s lives. They endure a pain that most of us cannot understand, but still manage to find blessings in the smallest daily activities.

A Team For Caroline and Kate would raise awareness and funding for this family. Each member would be asked to train and take part in the race. You would be asked to register for the race, and purchase a team t-shirt. You would be asked to secure individual sponsors who would be willing to donate money to the Team for Caroline and Kate on your behalf. We are hoping to build a large team and make a huge presence in this race for the benefit of this family. Please join me in this effort. Even if you cannot participate in the race yourself, please pass this information on to neighbors, family members, and friends.

I would like to invite you to attend our first meeting on Saturday, February 10th at 9:00am at The Richland Park Pavilion on Charlotte Ave. Come dressed warm and ready to train. We will meet first to answer questions and address issues. After the meeting, we will go for a short run to start our training. Even if you don’t run (which includes me), you can walk, stroll, or go at your own pace. The purpose is not to win the Richland Creek Run, but it is to help the Kirk family win a race of their own. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. Thank you, and I hope to see you on Saturday!

Please call Angie at (615) 463-0099 or send her husband Rory an email at rlithgow[at]comcast.net if you are interested in supporting this great cause.

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