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, June 19, 2008

Metro Planning Community Character Manual Meeting June 24

From Metro Planning:

The Metro Planning Department has completed its draft Community Character Manual (CCM), and the agency is inviting the public to review and comment on the document. Metro Planning will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. in the Downtown Convention Center, Room 208. (Metro Planning staff will also be available from 2 to 5 p.m. at the same location to speak with stakeholders individually.)

The CCM is intended to replace the Land Use Policy Application (LUPA), and shift the emphasis of community planning in Nashville/Davidson County to preservation, creation and enhancement of community character.

The Metro Planning Department staff bases its recommendations on zone change and subdivision requests on land use policy, which is the primary product of the Community Plans for the county. The Land Use Policy Application (LUPA) is the document in the Nashville/Davidson County General Plan that has explained each of the land use policies, noting the general intent, appropriate land uses and design principles for each policy.

Metro Planning staff has drawn on the best of LUPA to create the CCM – a process involving many of you in community meetings and on an initial taskforce for review. The CCM is in draft form and ready for review and comment from community stakeholders – residents, property owners, business owners, institutional representatives, development professionals and elected officials. Please find the CCM for your review at www.nashville.gov/mpc. There is also a link at the web site to submit comments electronically. The comment review period will end on July 9, 2008.

Metro Planning staff will present the CCM to the Metro Planning Commission for adoption at a public hearing on August 14, 2008. The Planning Commission meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at Metro Southeast, in the “Green Hills Room” at Genesco Park (1417 Murfreesboro Pike).

If you have questions about the Community Character Manual, please contact Tifinie Adams at (615) 862-7188 or tifinie.adams[at]nashville.gov or Cindy Wood at (615) 862-7166 or cynthia.wood[at]nashville.gov.

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