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, June 17, 2009

Final reappraisal appeal deadline Friday (June 19)

The final reappraisal appeal deadline for the recent Davidson County property reassessment is this Friday, June 19. If you have not appealed and are interested in doing so, please call
(615) 862-6059 as soon as possible. Property owners can appeal even if they did not appeal during the first phase of the appeal process, which ended in May.

The reappraisal appeals process works in 3 phases:
Phase 1 - Informal Review by the staff at the Property Assessor's office is complete. Deadline for informal review of property appraisals was May 15. Notices following informal review were mailed to property owners from May 17-June 3. Any property owner may go on to Phase 2, regardless of participation in the Phase 1 informal review process.

Phase 2 – Formal Review: The deadline is Friday, June 19. Please call the Property Assessor's office as soon as possible to make your appointment.

Following the informal review period, property owners that are dissatisfied with the Property Assessor's informal review results, or those that missed the informal review period altogether, may appeal to the Metro Board of Equalization by Friday, June 19. The Metro Board of Equalization is composed of 5 citizen members appointed by the Mayor's office, and is independent of the Property Assessor's office. Property owners may go before the Metro Board of Equalization for a full hearing or may choose to present facts to a Hearing Officer on one-on-one basis. Hearing Officers are private sector Realtors and appraisers that hear property owner's cases and present recommendations to the Metro Board of Equalization. Hearing Officers have no stake in the results and make recommendations based on the facts presented by the property owner and property sales data. Notification of the Metro Board of Equalization decisions will be mailed to property owners by early August. Deadline for Phase 2 reappraisal review is Friday, JUNE 19. After June 19, by state law, jurisdiction over property values shifts to the state.

Phase 3 - State Board of Equalization. For property owners that are dissatisfied with the Property Assessor's informal review system, as well as the findings of the Hearing Officer and Metro Board of Equalization (Deadline is June 19 for Phase 2), you may appeal to the State Board of Equalization. Property owners must appeal to the State Board within 45 days of receipt of the Metro Board of Equalization notification by US mail. Please see www.padctn.com for more information regarding the State Board of Equalization.

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