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, September 17, 2009

Neighbor and volunteer Kathy Hearne remembered

You may already be aware that neighbor and SPNA member Kathy Hearne passed away late last month after enduring a long illness. Kathy was a caring and dedicated person who gave her heart and soul to many important causes, and she will be missed greatly.

Following are excerpts from Kathy's obituary, which was published in a recent issue of The Tennessean:
Kathy's life was rooted in the principles of social justice and service to others. She was a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised and outcast; she was the spark behind numerous community programs in Nashville and across Tennessee.

Kathy lived her commitment to others. She was a stead-fast friend who welcomed many different people into her life and touched them all in profound but gentle ways. She was as selfless with her friends and family as she was in her commitment to social justice. She lived her principles fiercely, in her own way.

Kathy is the former administrator of the Center for Health Services at Vanderbilt University, which developed many community health clinics that flourish today. She held executive director positions at the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, the Tennessee Hunger Coalition and the Tennessee Network for Community Economic Development. She was vice-president of Organization Development at Alive Hospice, where she was project manager for the building of the residential hospice facility. She was Development Director at the Tennessee Justice Center and Coordinator of the Respite Care Providers Network of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. She consulted with many non-profits on matters of organizational development, administration, and advocacy, often on a volunteer basis.

Kathy co-founded the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center (now the Sexual Assault Center), Reconciliation Ministries, the Nashville Housing Fund, the YWCA Domestic Violence Program, and Mountain House (Marion, VA). Kathy often laughingly referred to herself as a non-profit entrepreneur. She volunteered at Sylvan Park Paideia School, the Low Income Housing Forum, the YWCA, Father Ryan High School and the Nashville Ulster Project. She served as a Board member of Project Return, Reconciliation Ministries, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center, Tennesseans Against the Death Penalty and Nashville Housing Fund.

Kathy was an accomplished photographer who attended Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville, and a passionate film buff who served regularly as a film screener and volunteer for the Nashville Film Festival.
Kathy's family has asked that anyone interested in honoring her legacy support Homeplace, a community-based support program for people with disabilities. Send contributions to the following address:

c/o Belmont United Methodist Church
2007 Acklen Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212

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