About SPNA

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) is the collective community voice for addressing neighborhood issues such as zoning and development, traffic calming, safety, and neighborhood beautification.

SPNA meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Cohn School (Senior Renaissance Center). Email spna@sylvanpark.org for details.

About Sylvan Park

Welcome to Sylvan Park! We hope you love this neighborhood as much as we do. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for newcomers to learn more.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Traffic Calming Meeting - Sylvan Park East

Sylvan Park Neighbors,

As we communicated in late 2021, one of our Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) applications for traffic calming has been selected for a project within the Metro Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.  The application that was selected included an area designated as "Sylvan Park East", which includes the following streets:
  • Nebraska Avenue, between 46th Avenue and 37th Avenue
  • 42nd Avenue North, between Charlotte Avenue and Murphy Road
  • 44th Avenue North, between Charlotte Avenue and Murphy Road
The next step in the process will be a Webex meeting on Monday, February 21st at 6pm in which Metro traffic engineers and planners will listen to community comments and discuss available traffic calming options.  Some initial input has already been gathered (both through the traffic calming application process and through traffic studies conducted by Metro).  This meeting will provide an additional opportunity for neighbors to share further context around any concerns and issues being experienced. The link and password needed to join the upcoming Traffic Calming meeting are included at the bottom of this post. We encourage you to mark your calendars and join us on February 21st for this meeting with Metro representatives.  

Following this Webex meeting (and subsequent meetings, if needed), Metro will design a proposed plan for improvements.  The next phase will be gathering support from homeowners along the affected streets for the proposed improvement plan.  That will entail explaining the plan and getting signatures from as many homeowners on the affected streets as possible.  Metro will not move forward without 70% buy-in from homeowners.  

Community involvement in both of these phases is essential if we are going to get a workable plan that has broad support within the community.  

Note that this is just one of the traffic calming applications that has been submitted by SPNA. Two other applications (one for Park-Elkins-Wyoming-Colorado east of 46th Ave and one for Park-Elkins-48th-54th further to the west) are still on file with Metro and may be approved in some future round of overview. SPNA has also advocated for help with traffic issues on Westlawn and elsewhere in the neighborhood.

You can learn more about the traffic calming program and see plans for other neighborhoods at  https://www.nashville.gov/departments/transportation/plans-and-programs/traffic-calming

Please contact the Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (send a note to spna@sylvanpark.org with a cc to edachowski@bellsouth.net) if you have any questions.

Beth Dachowski and Jenny Komoll
Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association

Monday, February 21, 2022
6:00 PM  |  (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)  |  1 hr 30 mins
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Saturday, January 08, 2022


SPNA Annual Meeting
Monday, January 10, 2022

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association 2022 annual meeting will be held on Monday, January 10th, at 7pm.  Our January meeting will be held at Cohn School (4805 Park Avenue) in the Senior Renaissance Center room.  You'll find the entrance off of the Cohn parking lot on 48th Avenue, between Park and Elkins.

All neighbors are welcome to attend!

Election of SPNA 2022 Officers and Steering Committee members will take place at the annual meeting. All members who have paid their 2022 dues prior to the start of the meeting are eligible to vote.

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association membership fee for 2022 is $25 per person (or $50 for a household of 2+).  Signing up for membership prior to Monday night is simple:

  • Click on the gold "Pay Now" button on our website, or
  • Bring a check made out to "SPNA" to Monday night's meeting
We hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 02, 2022

Sylvan Park neighbors,

As we wrap-up 2021 and begin a new year, we wanted to encourage you to become a member of the Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association for 2022! Your annual membership fee allows us to support and serve the needs of Sylvan Park residents.  As a member, you're able to stay connected to what's happening in your neighborhood and share opinions about the issues that matter most to you.

Below is a recap of 2021 SPNA activity and how member dues were invested back into the neighborhood this past year:
  • Held monthly meetings (a combination of in-person and Zoom), providing an opportunity to meet Sylvan Park neighbors and gather input and opinions.  Addressed topics such as zoning and development, traffic calming, safety, neighborhood beautification and events.

  • Welcomed guest speakers at our monthly meetings, including:  Representative John Ray Clemmons, Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy,  Ms. Faye DiMassimo (Senior Advisor for Transportation and Infrastructure, Mayor’s Office), Mr. Stephen Bland (CEO, WeGo Public Transit), Ms. Shanna Whitelaw (Interim Director of Public Works),  Sergeant John Bourque (MNPD West Precinct Community Coordinator), Ms.  Meg Morgan (Campaign Manager, Root Nashville),  Ms. Susan Henderson (Sylvan Summit Neighborhood).

  • Provided ongoing updates related to zoning and development in our area and served as a voice for our members.  SPNA membership voted to support several zoning-related actions being led by neighbors. 

  • Submitted applications (and actively provided follow-up) related to traffic calming in Sylvan Park.  "Sylvan Park East" application was selected by Metro for traffic calming measures in late 2021, and a collaborative input-gathering process with the neighborhood will begin in early 2022.

  • Welcomed 159 new Sylvan Park neighbors in 2021 with SPNA gift bags.  Our welcome bags include information about the neighborhood, gathered from community organizations and Metro, and gift cards from a number of local businesses.

  • Worked with members to raise donations totaling over $3,000 that is being used to support and thank community organizations within Sylvan Park.

  • Encouraged open communication with the MNPD West Precinct Community Coordinator and other MNPD leadership by facilitating introductions and sharing news regarding MNPD community meetings, Night Out Against Crime, and West Precinct crime updates.

  • Sponsored Sylvan Park family-friendly July 4th activities and a Sylvan Park Neighborhood Yard Sale.

  • Communicated to members through email, two issues of the SPNA Journal newsletter, our SPNA Facebook group, the Nextdoor Sylvan Park group, and our sylvanpark.org website. Began development of a new SPNA website (in process).

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association membership fee for 2022 is $25 per person (or $50 for a household of 2+).  This is an increase over our 2021 membership fee, but our fee had not changed since 2004.

Signing up for membership is simple:
  • Click on the gold "Pay Now" button on our website, or
  • Send your name, address, email address, phone #, and a check for $25 per adult (made out to SPNA) to:  SPNA, P.O. Box 92324, Nashville, TN 37209
The larger our SPNA membership, the more we're able to do as a neighborhood association to support our community - so spread the word!  Ask your neighbors and Sylvan Park friends to join the SPNA today and help to make Sylvan Park an even better place for us all to live.

Thanks so much for your support!