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 30, 2008

College student scam update

Another neighbor has reported similar activity to the college student scam mentioned last week.
I had a similar situation back in March. A girl came to my house ... said she (her parents) lived in Cherokee Crossing. She said her Mom was making her meet the neighbors and that she had been awarded a trip somewhere overseas but needed to raise money to offset her other expenses. There was something about books involved (I would be buying books for children or something??). Then she said that her Mom made her come and offer to wash my car or mow my lawn in exchange for helping her out. She said that her Mom would be by the next day to bring me a receipt and to make sure she was polite. The Mom never came by and I have never seen this girl again. I think the check was for $40 or so and I can’t find what it was written out to. It all seemed odd and my instinct was telling me that it wasn’t legit but I never thought much of it until reading this.
These reports sound similar enough that there may be a legitimate inspiration behind the scam. (Or it may not be a scam at all, but it sure sounds like it is.) If anyone who comes to your door sounds fishy, though, err on the cautious side, and don't fall for it.


  1. Anonymous5:39 PM

    About two weeks ago there were a bunch of guys with yellow crew neck shirts that had a logo for a scurity company - I think it was solid gold security. It looked like a bouncer's outfit.
    I caught a guy looking in my windows, and when I went to the door he asked me if I wanted to update my security system since he saw that my sign had an old date on the back of it.
    He did not have any ID, but told me his name was "Kurt" or something like that. He was carrying a metal clipboard and was talking on a cell phone, perhaps to another couple of guys similarly dressed that I saw checking out houses on Nebraska Avenue.
    If anyone can get a positive ID on any of these people (a driver's license) or can get a picture of them it might be helpful.
    I would avoid giving details about your security system to anyone who does not have identification. I would get also get solid details of their identification - an copy down the information in case it is needed at some other time.
    This guy had no business card, and no phone number to call - but he did have a cell phone.

  2. Good advice. Your experience sounds even more intrusive than most. Did you report this to the police?