The memorial site to Hannibal’s baseball hall of famer could look very different next spring.
Plans for a new Jake Beckley memorial along Hannibal’s Historic Main Street were revealed by Hannibal Parks and Recreation last year and were originally slated to coincide with the upcoming sidewalk project, but now plans have changed. The project has been pushed back and will be redesigned to accommodate a more affordable budget.
“The idea/drawing that we originally had is no longer an option due to the enormous cost of the project,” Hannibal Parks and Recs Director Andy Dorian said in an email to the Courier-Post. “This fall/winter we will be working on a new plan for the monument with the goal to start construction in the spring.”
Initial plans for the Beckley Memorial, which is located along Main Street at the edge of the Planter’s Barn parking lot a few yards from the museum mall, called for a decorative stone base similar to the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Statue and a brick wall decorate in ivy.
“We are going to wait until the sidewalk is finished in that area before we start on the Beckley monument,” Dorian said. “We want something that is nice, is going to blend in with the surrounding area, but also stand out enough so that people can see the list of accomplishments.”
Dorian added he has budged at total of $30,000 to cover construction and landscaping costs.
“I cannot give you an exact date because of the unknown sidewalk project timeline,” Dorian said.
A memorial site to Beckley was designated in 1971 when the Hannibal native was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.