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, May 03, 2007

Richland-West End Home Tour this weekend (May 5-6)

The annual Richland-West End home tour will be held this weekend, May 5 and 6, from 12 to 5 p.m. This year's tour features nine houses, eight gardens and two artist's studios.

A special treat this year is a "kit house" purchased from Sears Roebuck in the early 1900's. The tour will also feature an artisan's shop and a bake sale at the Concordia Lutheran Church. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at any participating house or garden. Tour guests can walk from home to home through the neighborhood or ride the trolley from house to house.

Directions (map): From Murphy Road and 37th Avenue, follow Murphy to Bowling Avenue. Turn right on Bowling and go three blocks to Richland Avenue. Turn left on Richland and go a half block to 3509 or 3510 Richland (both are houses on the tour) where you can purchase tickets.


  1. Anonymous10:52 AM

    A bit off-topic - Sylvan Park too has a home tour and other events to attract people to our neighborhood. There are three main entrance to our neighborhood; Sloan, 46th and Murphy Road.

    My comment comes from how these people are greeted when entering our fine neighborhood. 46th has a nice mosaic sign. Sloan has the rock "book ends" by the lodge. Murphy Road has the less-than-beautiful, ever visible railroad bridge.

    Can the SPNA talk with Summers, CSX, anyone who could get this eyesore prettied-up? It would be a great opportunity to welcome neighbors back home and visitors to our neighborhood.


  2. Thanks for commenting, Joseph. I live close to the railroad bridge, and I agree that it is a major eyesore. There has been some discussion of reaching out to CSX about cleanup in the past, but nothing recent.

    I'd love to see this change, too, though it will be an uphill battle. I'll add it to our May membership meeting agenda. Please join us (May 14th at 7 p.m.) and lend your thoughts and ideas to the conversation.