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, July 14, 2011

2011 SPNA Home Tour

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association will hold its 2011 Home Tour on Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will feature several neighborhood homes in a range of styles and a few of Sylvan Park’s signature civic and religious buildings. Refreshments, crafts and artisan treats will all be on sale.

Tour tickets are available now for $12 per person or for $15 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at McCabe Community Center, Sylvan Park School and St. Ann's Church. Please see below for additional ways to support the tour.
SPNA Home Tour Patrons 
This year the tour will be supported financially by tour patrons, so that all tour revenues will go directly to support SPNA. Donations generated by the tour fund neighborhood events such as SPNA’s Fourth of July parade, neighborhood socials and holiday party and neighborhood projects such as clean-ups and tree plantings. Tour funds also support organizations and events including McCabe Park Little League, the Sylvan Park School Parent-Teacher Organization, the Richland Creek Run and Greenways for Nashville.

Interested residents and other friends of SPNA are invited to become patrons of the tour for $100. In exchange for their generosity, patrons receive two tour tickets and recognition in the tour booklet. Patrons will also be invited to attend a special patron’s party celebrating the tour.

SPNA Home Tour Advertising

This year’s full-color tour booklet will provide excellent opportunities to reach Sylvan Park residents, tour guests and interested parties across West Nashville. In past years more than 1,500 people have participated in the tour.

Ad placements are available for the 5.5 X 8 inch booklet in the following sizes: a quarter-page ad for $100, a half-page ad for $175, and a full page ad for $250. Graphic design services are available for $50 as well. Email Margaret Holleman at margaretholleman@yahoo.com to reserve space in the booklet.

Volunteers Needed

We also need volunteers! We need docents to assist each house host in managing the flow of visitors, we need ticket sellers (the two Saturdays before the Tour and the day of), and we need party planners and organizers for the tour after-party.  If none of these jobs appeal to you, but you’d still like to help, we can still use your help. Email Margaret Holleman at the address listed above if you would like to assist in any capacity.
Many thanks to the 2011 SPNA Home Tour committee members: Margaret Holleman, Susan Rodgers, Yvonne Eaves, Blake Shelide, Monika Whittenburg, and Tracy Kane. Mark your calendars for the tour, and stay tuned for more news soon.

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