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, April 22, 2009

Dog owners: Be responsible for your pets

From a neighbor and a responsible dog owner:
Hello. I wanted to call attention to some pet owner problems in the neighborhood. While out walking in the neighborhood this morning, I was approached by two dogs, off leash and wandering loose. They had the look of pit bull mixes. They followed me for some time. While I love dogs, I don't know their temperament and I certainly didn't want them to get hit by a car following me. I am sure there is a leash law in Nashville, and I would hate that I or some other neighbor has to call animal control. It would be very sad if someone got bit or the dogs got injured, and I don't want to see them go to the pound.

Also, a dog owner allowed his dog to poo in my yard this morning. I bring pickup bags with me when I walk the neighborhood and I always clean up after my dog. I would appreciate other pet owners doing the same. Not only is it awful to step in that, but it is bad for the environment and unsanitary.
Please be sure to take responsibility for your pets. I think many neighborhood pet owners do, but it's always good to be reminded.


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  2. Thanks, Takeyla. You're right that the idea that pets shouldn't eliminate on private property that doesn't belong to their owners is a paradigm shift for many people. Hopefully more and more people are becoming aware of the situation.

  3. Anonymous9:22 AM

    While on my walks...I've noticed the house at 4804 Dakota has a very large dog neither chained nor fenced...sometimes aggressive sometimes not.

  4. Thanks for mentioning this. Be on the look out when walking on that block, everyone.

  5. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Has anyone lost a little brown dog possibly a pomeranian mix? He has on a rabies collar but I can't get close enough to read it. He has been hanging around elkins ave bw 53 and 54th. Please call me if he is yours. 4978028

  6. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Early Am Easter Morning. I took a walk and was surprised to see the two pit bull mixed dogs digging in a front yard under a tree. They immediately ran over to me when they saw me and followed me. Needless to say I was scared!! I have two dogs (one which is a pit bull mix)so I'm no afraid of dogs but this time I felt helpless. I wasn't with my dogs at the time and am not sure what they would do if you have a dog on a leash. Does anyone know who we can call to stop this problem, short of the dog pound?

  7. I think calling Metro Animal Care and Control is your best bet. Their phone number is (615) 862-7928.