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, September 11, 2009

West Nashville Farmers Market Saturday (Sept. 12)

You may have noticed by now that the West Nashville Farmers Market has quickly become very popular since its inception last month. Here's what you can expect to see if you stop by tomorrow between 9 a.m. and noon:
Every week you keep surprising and amazing us with your enthusiasm, energy, and turnout!! And, we are excited to continue to host the talented people in our community who want to bring you the best food, greatest entertainment and dazzling hand-made crafts.

Did anyone notice that we have mums at the market. Jon Clarke is a great little grower just north of Nashville and he really brings it to the market. He said "The first week you come to a market they just look at you, but by the third week they are looking for you!" Please stop by and take some of his reasonably priced, spectacular potted plants home while they last. He will be done with his mum season in a few weeks.

We are pleased to welcome a new beef producer to our line-up. Danny Roller, operator of Barton Creek Farms, will be there with a broad selection of grain finished, marbled beef. He will be set up in a mobile unit next to the tents. This now makes two local meat producers since Peaceful Pastures made their debut last week and will be with us every other week.

Delvin Farms and Foggy Hollow Farm will be back with a broad variety of autumn squashes, carrots, and the large seasonal flushes of shiitake mushrooms. You can also plan on seeing Miel Garden, McDonalds Farm, Green Door Gourmet and the gardeners from St. John's. Nashville Farm to Chef will be back with a table full of field fresh food from Turnbull Creek (arugula), Smiley's (sweet corn), Swafford Farms(maters and peppers) and Jehovah's Providence (watermelon)!

Provence Breads returns to the market to bring their amazing artisan breads made right here the heart of Nashville. Because you are making this market so successful, quality local businesses are flocking to be with us on Saturday. Your support makes it possible for Good Food for Good People to expand this market so that for some it can be true one-stop-shopping!

Organizers have also decided to continue to provide market space for local practitioners of holistic care. This week you are encouraged to visit masseuse Linda Nunn from Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Massage, who will once again be offering chair massages.

This weeks coffee stand is brought to you by Wild Muffin, offering their yummy baked goods, hot coffee and cool lemonade. So, grab breakfast at the market, y'all! Come out, listen to some locally brewed tunes and please tell your friends and family about us. See you Saturday!

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