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 26, 2008

What's next for Richland Park?

Metro Parks has a question for you: What do you want Richland Park to look like in the future? About 30 neighbors attended a meeting hosted by Metro Parks assistant director Curt Garrigan last night at Cohn Adult Learning Center. Garrigan and members of the department's landscape architecture firm discussed the history of Richland Park and its current composition before discussing its challenges and opportunities and asking attendees for their opinions and ideas. It was interesting to think about a public space that has so much potential with an open mind.

The meeting was the first of a series to develop a master plan for Richland Park. The next gathering will occur in about six to eight weeks. Here are some ideas that were shared:
  • The park has abundant shade available because of its many very old and beautiful trees. Should there be some seating within the shaded area provided by this canopy?
  • The 46th Avenue exit from the parking area on the library side is not up to current standards, and it can be hazardous. Should it be closed off, rerouted or otherwise improved?
  • How should the open space at the south end of the park near 50th Avenue be used: as a ball field (perhaps with lines and bases, which aren't present on the existing field), as a green space, as multipurpose or youth soccer fields, or for something else?
  • Richland Park once had a bandshell or amphitheater. Would it be a good idea to build a new one?
  • Pedestrian access around the park via sidewalks is very good, except for the 50th Avenue side. Would walking trails within the park itself be a good idea? Should environmentally friendly permeable pavement be used for all future walkways?
  • Should the main Charlotte Avenue entrance to the library be moved to the intersection with 49th Avenue, which has a red light?
  • Should better lighting be provided for the pathways, so that students leaving Cohn in the dark after classes can safely reach the Charlotte bus stop? If so, should these be "Old-Timey" lights to make them more attractive?
  • Should the playground be better connected with the library via a walkway?
  • Should the tennis courts be repaved? Should a backstop be added for players who want to practice alone?
  • The park has lost many trees over the years. Should more be planted to replace them?
  • Should public art, perhaps in the form of a community project like the dragon at Fannie Mae Dees park near Hillsboro Village, be considered? If so, what should it be?
  • Could a dog area be added?
  • Could more trash cans be provided, and could they be emptied more often?
As part of this process, Metro Parks will develop a master plan that will guide decisions made about the park for at least the next several years. It is likely that the existing outdoor swimming pool will be removed because it will be replaced by an indoor pool at the new McCabe Community Center when it is complete. Parks staff and some attendees both expressed a desire to address unhealthy trees on the park property and to replace trees that have been lost over the years. The presentation displayed at the meeting is expected to be posted online soon.

Do you have an idea for Richland Park? If so, send an email to Curt Garrigan at curt.garrigan[at]nashville.gov.

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