Hannibal’s largest park grew a bit larger last week when the Hannibal City Council approved the purchase of property located adjacent to Ziegler Street.

Hannibal’s largest park grew a bit larger last week when the Hannibal City Council approved the purchase of property located adjacent to Ziegler Street.

The 465-acre park grew by less than one-half acre — 0.47 of an acre to be exact. The cost of the lot was a budget friendly $1.

In addition to the city, the land deal also involved the Parks & Recreation Department and Missouri Department of Transportation.

Ownership of the lot dates back to when the state secured parcels of land in eastern Hannibal in preparation for the construction of the new Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, which opened to traffic on Sept. 16, 2000.

The tree- and brush-covered property is adjacent to Riverview and will be incorporated into picturesque park with zero fanfare.

While Andy Dorian, director of the Parks & Recreation Department, acknowledged to the Council that the piece of property is of “little benefit” to Riverview Park as a whole, he did add it is one more piece of a property puzzle the city has purchased over the last several years.

Another benefit to owning the lot cited by Dorian is that a portion of it will be utilized by the Board of Public Works when its new raw water lines are installed between the Mississippi River and the Water Treatment Plant in Riverview Park.

 

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com .