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, August 27, 2008

Richland Park Master Plan

Metro Parks is developing a master plan to guide decisions about the future of Richland Park.

Parks officials unveiled a preliminary plan in August that would create a more accessible and more sustainable park environment. The redesigned park would improve pedestrian circulation by creating aesthetically pleasing entry plazas to encourage visitors, and walking and jogging trails would be added to allow guests to go for a leisurely stroll or get some exercise. The trails would feature separate 0.5 mile and 0.65 mile loops. A sidewalk would be added to the 50th Avenue side of the park to allow for safer pedestrian access.

Access to the park at 46th Avenue would be closed to make access to the park safer for both pedestrians and vehicles. Motorists would enter the park via two entrances on Charlotte Avenue. Much of the parking would be converted to pervious pavement that is designed to allow more water to be absorbed into the ground, which is more environmentally friendly than allowing stormwater to flow across asphalt.

A bandshell would be added facing a sloped lawn in front of Cohn School that could host music performances and other events. The bandshell would also serve as a shelter for all kinds of activities when not in use for performances. The current tennis courts would be adapted to feature two tennis surfaces and a basketball court. A tennis wall that would allow players to hit balls by themselves would also be added. The proposed design takes into account the additional park space to be made available when the current swimming pool is closed. The pool is expected to close because it will be replaced by an indoor pool at the new McCabe Community Center that can be used year-round.

An improved and more imaginative play space would be added to allow for play for children and children of all ages. Garden spaces would be added to several areas in the park to make the space more inviting. The Charlotte streetscape might be highlighted by the planting of cherry trees or other foliage, and a stone wall might create a strong boundary between the park and Charlotte Avenue. Additional lighting would be added to make the park safer and more visible during evening hours, when many people cross the park to attend classes at Cohn School.

Artist renderings of the form the park might take are available at nashville.gov/parks. It is important to note that the plan is only one possibility for how Richland Park might look in the future. The proposed improvements would only be added if residents support them and if funding is provided by Metro Government. Please take time to share your thoughts about the park with Metro Parks. Send an email to Curt Garrigan at curt.garrigan[at]nashville.gov with your feedback.


  1. Thanks for the summary, that's a huge help!

  2. You're welcome. I'm glad to hear that.