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, October 01, 2009

Observe Walk Nashville Week (Oct. 3-9) starting this weekend

From the Metro Nashville Codes Department:
Making Nashville one of the healthiest cities in America is everyone's goal in the community so October 3-9 has been declared Walk Nashville Week to celebrate and promote walking in your daily life and walking throughout Nashville.

The week will consist of Walk to Worship Day (October 3-4), Walk Your Neighborhood Day (October 5), Walk to Work Day (October 6), Walk to School Day (October 7),
Walk for Active Aging (October 8), and Walk to Lunch Day (October 9).
  • Walk to Worship Day promotes local congregations to walk to their worship activities on the weekend of October 3-4. Congregations are encouraged to develop walking groups, that will continue throughout the year.
  • Walk Your Neighborhood Day celebrates taking pride in your city and neighborhood. The Community Health and Wellness team is developing a printable booklet of various maps of community-based walks that will not only encourage physical activity but also
  • give you an opportunity to learn about Nashville history, along with a chance to appreciate your community.
  • Walk to Work Day asks Nashville workers to walk to work for the day and to consider walking to work more often in the future. The Community Health and Wellness Team sets up shop at various locations around town to provide free breakfast to walkers and to promote the day.
  • Walk to School Day is designed to increase students' physical activity levels, focus on the walk-ability of the surrounding environment, and increase safe walking skills. The Nashville Walk to School Day has been nationally recognized for its large participation numbers and health promotion aspects.
  • Walk for Active Aging promotes walking among senior citizens and the senior centers around Nashville. Maintaining physical activity into your senior years
  • continues to have a great benefit on your health.
  • Walk at Lunch Day promotes walking at lunch for the day. Area companies and local office buildings will be promoting walking groups from within to walk at lunch, and to hopefully continue these walking groups throughout the year.

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