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.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Lawn maintenance requirements from Metro Codes

From the Metro Codes Department regarding yard maintenance:

This is the time of the year when the Health Department receives a bulk of their requests for service for violations that fall into the “vegetation” violation category. The Health department is the primary enforcement agency for requests for high grass and high weeds violations. The Property Standards division may also abate these violations if in addition to the vegetation there are other property standards code violations.

There are several types of violations in this category. The first is the height of vegetation. Grass and weeds (not ornamental grasses) should not exceed twelve inches in height. To maintain a healthy and attractive yard, only mow the top one-third of the grass. Regular cutting during the growing season will keep your yard looking great. And here’s an eco-tip, use a mulching mower. Those clippings provide free, nitrogen rich fertilizer for your lawn. If you must bag, consider composting the clippings.

The second category of violations is overgrowth. This usually occurs in flower beds and gardens that are not being maintained. Weeds or grass in these areas which exceed twelve inches would be a violation. To report a violation, call Metro Health at (615) 340-5644. There is an exception to this rule. Properties being maintained in a natural state may be allowed if the owner has filed an international design for vegetation growth plan with the Metropolitan Beautification Commission. These areas must meet a fifteen foot front setback requirement and a ten foot setback requirement from any adjacent residential property line. For more information contact Vicky Ingram with Metro Beautification at (615) 862-8418.

Owners of rental property are responsible for ensuring their rental property is maintained to this standard. If the property is found to be in violation and a notice to correct is issued, the owner is responsible for getting their tenant to make the actual correction. If the violation is not corrected, the owner will be cited to environmental court. It’s important for rental property owners to register their rental properties with Codes in order for them to receive the notice to correct the violation.

Tree limbs, dead shrubs, and other yard waste are considered “debris” and must be disposed of properly. These items neatly stacked in the yard for brush pick-up are fine, but when these items scattered all over the yard they become a violation.

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