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, October 02, 2008

Walk Nashville Week (Oct. 4-10) begins Saturday

The 10th annual Walk Nashville Week will kick off Saturday, October 4, with a variety of events geared to get everyone moving for better health. All of the events for the week are free.

This year will feature walks to school, work, lunch, and church among others. With an established and growing network of sidewalks and greenways, Nashvillians can get out and walk for better health. The Health Department encourages anyone who wants to participate to register for these events on the www.nashvillechwt.org Web site.

  • “Walk as One,” Saturday, Oct. 4: Community Nashville’s 6th annual “Walk as One” unity walk brings together people from every sector of our community. Join us as we walk to fight against bias, bigotry and racism. The walk will take place in Centennial Park. Walkers will gather at 7 a.m. for registration at the Centennial Art Center 25th Avenue North & Park Plaza. The walk begins at 9 a.m. around Centennial Park. For additional information, call Trey Lipman at (615) 327-1755.

  • Walk to Worship Day, Sunday, Oct. 5: Worshippers throughout Davidson County are encouraged to strengthen their bodies and spirits by walking and celebrating wellness together. Information concerning area faith walks can be found on the website, www.nashvillechwt.org.

  • Walk to Work Day, Monday, Oct. 6: Physical activity boosts your productivity and brain power. Participate by parking a little further away than usual and walk the rest of the way! Those who work downtown are invited to join in the fun at the corner of Second and Union for free bagels and coffee from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

  • Walk Your Neighborhood Day, Tuesday, Oct. 7: Enjoy a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Join your neighbors and walk together. Several Nashville area neighborhood associations are participating.

  • Walk to School Day, Wednesday, Oct. 8: Walking to school can be a fun and helps a student to become more physically fit. It also allows the community to identify opportunities to improve walking conditions around the schools. This year more than 5,000 students and parents will join Mayor Dean, Council Members, School Board members, and other community leaders as they walk to elementary and middle schools in Davidson County. Mayor Dean will be part of a group that will walk to Park Avenue Elementary at 3703 Park Avenue. Local dignitaries will gather at Auto Zone located at 3913 Charlotte Avenue at 7:15 a.m. to walk with the students and gather for a short presentation at the school. A list of participating schools is located at www.nashvillechwt.org.

  • Walk for Active Aging Day, Thursday, Oct. 9: This walk encourages people age 50 and over to enjoy walking to enhance their health and quality of life. Several community centers and malls will host walks for area seniors. For more information concerning the Metro Parks Center Walks, contact Jackie Jones at (615) 862-8400. In addition, at 12:30 p.m. FiftyForward Adult Day Services participants will be walking around the Second Presbyterian Church grounds (3511 Belmont Boulevard). The group has been learning about the health benefits of walking. For more information concerning the FiftyForward walk, contact ADS director Bonnie Brink at (615) 463-2266.

  • Walk to Lunch Day, Friday, Oct. 10: Walking is a healthy alternative to driving at lunch time. This day serves to remind us that walking is a great lunch time activity that can enhance your energy for the rest of the day. Several restaurants in the Downtown area are offering discounts to those that walk to lunch. Check out www.nashvillechwt.com for a listing of participating restaurants.

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