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, July 01, 2008

Recent MNPD drug arrests

The Metro Nashville Police Department made numerous arrests in June for drug-related offenses near the neighborhood. They include:
June 27: West Precinct detectives charged 32 persons as the result of investigations on 40th Avenue North at Charlotte Avenue, 12th Avenue South at Wade Avenue, 12th Avenue South at Wedgewood Avenue, 27th Avenue North at Booker Street, 37th Avenue North at Charlotte Avenue, Old Hickory Boulevard at Charlotte Pike, and 37th Avenue North at Park Avenue. Seized were 23.5 grams of cocaine, 85 grams of marijuana, and 25 Ecstasy pills.

June 20: West Precinct detectives charged 36 persons as the result of investigations on 14th Avenue South at Horton Avenue, 40th Avenue North at Charlotte Avenue, 14th Avenue North at Jefferson Street, 24th Avenue North at Clifton Avenue, 12th Avenue South near Summit Avenue, 12th Avenue South at Wedgewood Avenue, and the 500 block of Hicks Road. Seized were seven grams of cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, and on Ecstasy pill.

June 11: Metro police narcotics detectives on Tuesday dismantled a lucrative heroin distribution organization by shadowing a deliveryman as he made his rounds throughout West Nashville. A total of 19 persons were arrested Tuesday, including 15 customers. The investigation shows that buyers of heroin would call a “dispatch” number, which rang to a home at 425 Cedarcreek Trail in South Nashville. The buyer would then be directed to one of a number of public parking lots on White Bridge Road, Charlotte Avenue, or in Bellevue. After each sale Tuesday, undercover detectives would move in and arrest the buyer(s) while other detectives continued to shadow the deliveryman. The customers bought an average of one gram of heroin each for about $140. Those arrested included buyers living on Westlawn Avenue and Acklen Park Drive.
Thanks, MNPD, for your efforts to reduce crime in West Nashville.

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