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.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Historic log house relocated to H.G. Hill Park

SPNA neighbor and steering committee member Yvonne Eaves has written the following article for publication in the Westview newspaper. Please see below for more information about the recent relocation and rededication of a historic replica log house intended to represent Nashville founder James Robertson's residence:
Ten years ago the West Nashville Founders’ Museum Association dedicated a replica of James Robertson’s log house. The log house is located in the H. G. Hill Park on Charlotte Pike.

Due to the construction of the new Nashville West shopping center last fall, the log house was relocated in the park. Last month, the West Nashville Founders’ group reopened the log house. The group also planted two dogwood trees in memory of Ralph Cohen and Sarah Foster Kelley. Both were co-founders of the West Nashville Founders’ Museum Association. Mr. Cohen was a West Nashville businessman and a former councilman. Mr. Cohen was very well respected for all his civic contributions in West Nashville. Mrs. Kelley was a well-known historian and an author of many books and publications on the history of West Nashville. Mrs. Kelley was also a direct descendant of James Robertson.

A slice of West Nashville History is on display at the West Nashville Founders’ Museum. In the dogtrot of the replica James Robertson log house is a slice of a “Mossy Cup” Oak Tree. The oak tree was known to some in West Nashville as the Treaty Oak. The massive tree stood at 61st Ave North and Louisiana Ave in West Nashville. Historians believe the tree had its beginning between 1675 and 1680.

The mighty Treaty Oak was the setting for several treaties between James Robertson and the Chickasaw Indian tribes. During the 1940’s the tree was struck by lighting, the tree survived until the summer of 1956. At the time the tree fell it was believed to 6 feet around. The slice has shrunk down to 42 inches in diameter.
Great article about a great part of Nashville's history, Yvonne!

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