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, March 05, 2010

Sewer system upgrade to be discussed at community meeting March 11

Metro Water Services will hold a community meeting on Thursday, March 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lentz Public Health Center Auditorium (311 23rd Avenue North). The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about an ongoing effort to upgrade Metro Nashville’s combined sewer system and the related impact on Sylvan Park and other local neighborhoods.

If you would like more information on this clean-water initiative, please visit the MWS Web site, or call Sonia Harvat at (615) 862-4494.

Here is more information from MWS:
The purpose of this meeting is to share with your community constituents details of a new phase of an ongoing plan to improve quality of the Cumberland River, and to introduce neighborhood leaders with the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) established for this project.  In Downtown, West and South Nashville the CAC members are:

Tom Turner, Downtown Partnership
Juli Mosley, retired engineer, West Nashville resident
Mark Petty, Vanderbilt University
Emrick Kravec, St. Thomas Health System
Jeremy Daugherty, Urban Residents Association (Sobro)
Mike Pearigan, Hillsboro/West End Neighbors
Stan Romine, Metro Nashville Health Department

Because much of Nashville’s urban-area combined system is old, there are still combined sewer overflows into the Cumberland River when major rain events occur.  A map of the areas that are near you, under a combined sewer system and will likely be affected by these updates is attached. You’ll notice the CSO areas outlined in red on each map. The areas outside the red are generally not in a CSO basin and will not be affected.  There are other CSO basins and East and North Nashville. Those areas are being covered under separate community meetings.

Due to a failure to meet requirements of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring Metro to conduct improvements to the remainder of the system.  Metro and EPA are partners in a Consent Decree that will involve a public input process that contributes to a scope of work to minimize future overflows into the Cumberland.  This will be accomplished through three main approaches – conveyance, flow-reduction and treatment.

Throughout the 1990s, Metro Nashville made major investments to update its urban-area sewer system to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows into the Cumberland River.  Major progress was made, and as a result the Cumberland River, one of Nashville’s greatest resources, is a much cleaner source for drinking water and recreation, but we still have a ways to go.

The March 11 meeting will include an overview of the combined sewer system and begin public dialogue important to achieving the best and most effective plan to improve Nashville’s water quality.

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