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, June 03, 2008

LeQuire Gallery Learning Green reception June 7

LeQuire Gallery (4304 Charlotte Avenue) will open Learning Green: A Different Appreciation of the Landscape with a special reception on Saturday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The first 100 guests will receive a tree seedling from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Featured artists include Arthur Barnes, Suta Lee, Lori Putnam (who created the painting featured above) and Ashley Wiltshire. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call LeQuire Gallery at (615) 298-4611.

Here are details about the event from LeQuire Gallery:

The exhibit will not only highlight the plein air talent of the artists, but attempt to share the importance of sustaining the artist’s subjects of earth and sky - land, water, air and all that nature provides.

The artist’s job for this exhibit as plein air painters was to tackle the heat, cold, wind, rain,
ticks, changing light and all the other obstacles of painting outdoors to provide viewers with
the accuracy, the mood, the first impressions and the colors of the landscape that only the human
eye can see. The summer job of LeQuire Gallery is to exhibit these paintings in a new way by providing interesting news, facts, and tips on environmental sustainability and a chance to
look deeper and view these particular landscapes as portraits of conservation.

Guests moving around the room of Learning Green will find “green” statistics in between paintings, and artist’s plein air painting stories under title cards. Literature of numerous green organizations from middle Tennessee will be on hand. Guests purchasing art during the opening night will be able to make charitable donations to the organization of their choice, if so desired.

To further benefit the movement, LeQuire Gallery is helping to engineer a summer summit including leaders and members from the majority of Middle Tennessee’s green organizations. In preliminary meetings with several representatives, LeQuire Gallery learned that organizations can share information, expertise and resources and work together to be more efficient in making Nashville a viable environmental leader in the southeast. A meeting to share resources, information and goals is now in the works for August 2008. As catalyst for the summit, LeQuire Gallery will host a July kick-off party celebrating and spreading the word about this important event and continuing the education of the Learning Green exhibit.

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