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.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Beware of local alarm scam

Neighbor Amy Walter reports that three men claiming to be from an alarm company knocked on her door last week. They turned out to be attempting a scam, but Amy wasn't fooled:
At around 5:30, 6:00pm tonight, a white vanfull of guys was going around the neighborhood posing as reps from your existing alarm company. An alarm scam story was apparently recently on the evening news. They appear to only pick houses that have existing alarm systems....this happened to me and the girl across the street tonight. I'm not sure whether or not they case houses with single people in them...the 2 married neighbors did not have alarm systems but they did not stop at their houses either. I reported this to the police....please alert your neighbors.

The 'company' called themselves 'The Alarm Company, LLC'. Their business card had the name scratched out and they are from Cordova, Tenn on the card.

They pulled up into my driveway, not on the street like some people do when they are walking through to sell things. They come to your door saying they are from 'the alarm company' and they need to come in and update the system. It sounds like they are from YOUR company the way they say it. I've had alarm systems for years and they never do this...any upgrades are done from HQ and if there is anything new going on, we receive mailings. They did not say that they wanted to give information about their company, and they didn't have anything to hand out. This is how they gain access into your home. I didn't let them in. My unfortunate neighbor did....the guy looked around for her control pad and then programmed a code into it. They come back later and rob your house.

They look clean cut. They are wearing clipped badges with a bunch of tiny info on it that you can't read. One was a dark haired white guy about 5'8"; one was an affable chunky wavy blond haired guy about 5:11"; one was lean, clean cut and African American. They took off in a hurry and left a guy in my neighbor's house, who ended up using her phone with an excuse that he left his in the car, to call their number. This is so they can call to see if anyone's home. I had a chance to get their license plate when they came back to retrieve him. [They drove a] White Sedona van ... The van was registered to a woman who was not in the car. They may even be bogus plates.

As anyone knows, if you've ever signed up for a legit alarm system, you have to fill out a bunch of paperwork and pay them. Then you have to register, and get an alarm sticker. These people are not doing this. BEWARE!

They also asked if my system had been updated in the last 3 years....not sure if they are trying to find wireless systems they can access with remote alarm fobs but that's a question for your alarm company.

Anyway, stay safe!
Thanks, Amy, for passing this information along. If you do encounter these men, please call the police at (615) 862-8600 to report them.

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