City Of White House Buys 104 Acres For Future Park
Byrum Family Park Land
WHITE HOUSE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The City of White House purchased 104 acres from Mr. Tom Byrum today (June 16th, 2020) for a future park. The property is located at the corner of North Palmers Chapel and Fern Valley Road in Sumner County, and has been part of the Byrum family for over 90 years. Exact uses for the land will be tasked to the Leisure Services Board over the next several months.
Mayor Michael Arnold tasked City staff and the Leisure Services Board to find and purchase land during the White House Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon in June 2018. The Leisure Services Board formed a committee that worked diligently to provide a list of properties suitable for a future park. The Byrum Family Farm property was one of several properties that ranked high in the committee’s findings.
In November of 2019, the City of White House sent letters to all the property owners listed by the Leisure Services Board and publically requested sealed proposals from anyone that owned at least 5 acres of structure-free land. The City received proposals from four property owners including the Byrum Trust. A committee was organized to review these proposals and recommend the best property for a City park. The committee recommended the 104 acres owned by the Byrum Trust. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the land purchase of $2,750,000 in April 2020.