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, November 06, 2009

Animal Control picks up three stray dogs

Metro Animal Control Field Operations Supervisor Billy Biggs reports that the organization picked up three stray dogs yesterday as part of a sweep of the neighborhood. Please continue to call Animal Control at (615) 862-7928. This number is monitored 24 hours a day, so please leave a detailed message when calling.


  1. Anonymous3:45 PM

    That's great that they picked up 3 stray dogs lately BUT... there continues to be a wild pack of 10+ dogs roaming the streets at night. Last night 11/6 at 11pm there was barking and horrible yelping coming from between our house and our neighbors in the front yard. When she went out to see what it was she said "at least 10-12 dogs were in a pack and came from the side of our yards. This is at 4025 Utah Ave. Please continue to call because this problem is FAR from SOLVED!

  2. Thanks for sharing this information. You're right that it's critical to keep calling Animal Control any time strays are spotted.

  3. I saw them on the golf course just on the other side of the greenway on Saturday morning. I tried to call Animal Control but 411 couldn't locate the number. I've got the number now (thanks to this blog) in case I see them again.

    There was a 4-some teeing off right into them! I wonder if the dogs let them play through.

  4. Thanks for trying to let Animal Control know. Hopefully our continued reports will help them catch the dogs in question.

  5. Anonymous9:39 PM

    I saw a couple of sray dogs near the golf course this morning. Called animal control and left a message. Saw 3 more dogs (different dogs) on Charlotte before lunch. Called it in and spoke to an officer. I seriously have my doubts that anyone responded. I mean, how hard is it to track down a pack of dogs???

  6. Animal Control has assured us that they're doing everything they can to track down the dogs. I hope they catch them soon, too.

  7. Anonymous9:08 AM

    I just called to leave a message regarding 3 stray dogs that were in my yard (5200 block Elkins Ave) and was unable to. Since the office was closed, leaving a message wasn't an option - the message said to call back during business hours regarding stray dogs. Unless it was an 'extreme emergency', you could not get an officer or leave a message.

  8. Thanks for sharing this. Animal Control has urged us to leave messages when strays are spotted in the neighborhood, so it should be fine to do so if you see the dogs again.