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Peninsula State Park Eagle Tower design concept public meeting

Published by Central Office September 19, 2017

Contact(s): Missy VanLanduyt, Wisconsin State Parks, 608-515-6006 or Paul Holtan, Office of Communication, 608-267-7517

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to media in northeaster Wisconsin.]

FISH CREEK, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity to review concepts for a new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park at a public meeting that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. September 28 at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library.

The park closed the tower to public use in May 2015 to protect public safety after an inspection report raised significant concerns over its structural integrity and an inspection by the Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory staff found considerable deterioration of the structural and non-structural wood members. The tower was deconstructed in September 2016.

Current plans are to rebuild a new structure to look as similar as possible to the existing tower, while complying with building codes, accessibility and taking into consideration new technologies.

This meeting will provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on different concepts for a new tower rather than any specific designs. The Sturgeon Bay Public Library is located at 107 S 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. The public will also have an opportunity to provide comment online beginning in late September until early October. Visit the Eagle Tower webpage for more information later this month.

The Friends of Peninsula State Park in cooperation with interested community members has formed a subcommittee, the Eagle Tower Fund Committee, which is raising funds to rebuild Eagle Tower.

People who are interested in donating to the reconstruction of Eagle Tower can find more information and a link to the donation website through the Friends of Peninsula State Park website at http://peninsulafriends.org.

People can also sign up to receive email updates on tower progress by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Eagle Tower" and clicking on the "subscribe for Eagle Tower updates" email icon.

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Contact information

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James Dick
Director of Communications
608-267-2773