When production stopped in the DURA North building in late 2008, city fathers hoped that it would one day again become a manufacturing hub in the community. But the structure’s future could instead be as a recreation center for Hannibal.


When production stopped in the DURA North building in late 2008, city fathers hoped that it would one day again become a manufacturing hub in the community. But the structure’s future could instead be as a recreation center for Hannibal.
“It’s definitely got some possibilities,” said Chris Atkinson, director of the parks and recreation department.
One eye-catching facet of the building is its 100,000 square feet of open space, which Atkinson described as being almost “intimidatingly big.”
“As a parks and recreation director it made my head spin thinking about it. We could do everything and anything we’ve ever wanted to do under a roof recreational-wise in that space, so it’s definitely got a lot of pros to it,” he said.
Not only is the building big, but its structural design makes it better suited as a recreational center.
“There are steel support beams that hold the roof up, but they’re actually spaced further apart in this building than the DURA South building which would allow us to do more if you want to run a basketball court or indoor soccer field,” said Atkinson.

For additional details, see the Wednesday, March 31, edition of the Courier-Post.