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.

Friday, October 31, 2008

West Nashville Community Plan Process under way, continues Monday (Nov. 3)

More than 70 residents attended last night's West Nashville Community Plan meeting hosted by the Metro Planning Commission. Here are a few highlights:
  • State Senator Douglas Henry (above) addressed the crowd and clarified that "West Nashville" is a misunderstood term. He placed the blame for much of the confusion on the broadcast media for referring to some neighborhoods as "West Nashville" even though they are not.

  • Sen. Henry subscribes to a fairly strict definition of West Nashville, one championed by the late Sarah Foster Kelley. According to Kelley, author of West Nashville: Its People and Environs, West Nashville consists of the following neighborhoods: Richland Park (now considered a part of Sylvan Park), Sylvan Park, Richland Avenue (now Richland-West End), White Bridge Road, Robertson-Urbandale, Morrow-Centennial and Pilcher Avenue (part of which is now in Sylvan Park).

  • Sen. Henry noted that, although the term "West Nashville" may be loosely applied in its usage in the planning process, he understood that the purpose of the series of meetings was to make the area a better place to live by improving the overall quality of life. He applauded the commission and thanked them for taking time to seek community input.

  • Neighborhoods such as Hillwood, West Meade and Belle Meade Links, though not a part of what was once referred to as West Nashville, are included in the area for community planning purposes. One of the goals of the planning process will be for residents to choose the name, whether West Nashville or something else, to call the group of neighborhoods for planning purposes. The area has been referred to by the Metro Planning Commission as "Subarea 7" in the past.

  • Council Members Emily Evans, Jason Holleman and Buddy Baker attended the meeting. Evans and Holleman briefly addressed the group before deferring to the Planning Commission.

  • Planning Commission Executive Director Rick Bernhardt said that the planning was intended to balance the needs of present and future generations. He emphasized the need for the city to think regionally when making planning decisions and noted that projections indicate as many as 400,000 people will move to Nashville by 2020.

  • Bernhardt said that much of West Nashville has been "developed out" and that, consequently, looking for opportunities to redevelop properties that are currently underdeveloped or in disrepair makes sense.

  • Bernhardt said that one way to balance the needs of neighborhoods and development is to intensify development along major corridors while preserving existing neighborhoods. He pointed to mixed-use properties as practical uses in many urban areas.
Residents were invited to complete two survey documents regarding their opinions about the community and about sustainable development. Neighbors are encouraged to attend the next meeting, which is scheduled for this Monday, Nov. 3, to provide further input in the planning process.

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