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, May 27, 2009

Multiple neighborhood thefts and break-ins reported

There has been quite a bit of criminal activity reported in the neighborhood during the month of May. Here are several recent reports from neighbors:
Vehicle break-in on 4600 block of Elkins:
I just thought I would let you know that there were several cars that were broken into on Tuesday night, May the 5th. Our passenger side window was busted out, but there wasn't anything missing (CDs, etc still there) I think at least three other houses were hit as well-the officer said one neighbor had a GPS stolen. Police couldn't print because of the rain.

Vehicle break-in on 4200 block of Wyoming Avenue:
We had "ANOTHER" theft over the weekend in the alley behind our home. We think it happened sometime after 8pm Saturday (5/16) and was noticed by us on Sunday around noon. They popped the back window loose out of the truck and stole the radio equipment but not bothering to take money, tools or etc in the truck. A police report was filed.

Stolen motor boat and vehicle break-in on the 4900 block of Elkins:
Our neighbor had a motor on his boat stolen Saturday night as well and our car was broken into a week earlier.

Home break-in on the 4700 hundred block of Nevada Avenue:
I was told by a neighbor that there was a break in. They broke through a screen, reached through an open window (which was blocked from opening more than 4 inches) and took things off a dresser. This happened in the back of the house. A police report was filed.

Suspicious activity:
My husband saw someone suspicious in the alley behind our house on Wyoming. It was one night last week and it was late at night. He saw two men in a green, old model pickup truck. Another one was out side of the truck. As soon as they saw him, the one man jumped in the truck and they took off.

Garage theft:
Someone took a router saw from the garageon the 4200 block of Utah Avenue last weekend. The garage door was open, and the owners had stepped into their home for a minute or two. The theft occurred in during the day.

Suspicious activity:
This didn't involve a theft, but a couple of weekends ago both my husband and our neighbors heard someone throwing rocks at the backs of our houses during the night. We have vinyl siding, and several holes were made in the siding, indicating that perhaps a slingshot or some other device was used to project the rocks. This went on off and on over a period of several hours. We made a police report the next day.
The most recent crime report from the Metro Nashville Police Department indicates an unusually high number of vehicle break-ins in the neighborhood, including incidents on 47th Avenue, Dakota Avenue, Wyoming Avenue and Elkins Avenue (some of which are referenced above). Larcenies, thefts of property without breaking into a vehicle or a home, were reported on Park Avenue and Nevada Avenue.

Most neighbors reporting incidents took time to file police reports. This can and should be done in instances of criminal activity. Please report criminal or suspicious activity to the police at (615) 862-8600.

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