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.



Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Welcome Nashville Thai Massage to the Neighborhood


Sylvan Park’s newest business promises to relax you, stretch you out, help you find a moment of zen and reduce pain, while providing these benefits in a unique way. Nashville Thai Massage opened its doors at 4908B Charlotte Avenue (immediately next to the Cohen Law office) at the beginning of November, relocating from Berry Hill.

Owner Chris Heberly—who lives in Sylvan Park—said, “I have been wanting to get over to this area for quite some time, especially with all the new development that's happening and the vibe that's coming in to the Charlotte Avenue business area. I wanted to get in on the front end of that.”

Heberly describes his style of massage as “a little different from table work” for a number of reasons: clients dress in comfortable clothing; massage is performed on a mat on the floor; sessions—typically 90 or 120 minutes—consist of assisted stretching, combined with deep compression and acupressure (similar to acupuncture, but Chris applies pressure to pressure points with his fingers, toes and elbows versus needles), as well as breath work.

“Thai Massage is very different, because it's incredibly therapeutic and at the same time, very relaxing,” explained Heberly. “It can achieve multiple things at the same time. Typically, if you go to a table massage, you're either going for therapeutic work or relaxation. Thai work is very multipurpose. It achieves both those things at the same time.”
Heberly describes his practice as very individualized, “Each client that comes in has a very different need and I can address that specific need to each client.”
Heberly added, “There's no one that can't receive Thai work. Each person that comes in has their own limitations, whether it's physical, emotional, whatever, and all of those things are addressed. For instance, if someone were to come in who was inflexible, we do more compression based work and acupressure work and focused stretching.”
Check out Heberly’s web site, www.nashvillethaimassage.com for more information on Thai Massage, Chris’ background, rates and how to book a session. And of course, welcome to the neighborhood!

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