Contact(s): Missy VanLanduyt, Wisconsin State Parks, 608-266-7617 or Paul Holtan, Office of Communication, 608-267-7517
October 11, 2016
FISH CREEK, Wis. - The deconstruction of Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park was competed the Week of Sept. 19 through. 23 and all roads and trails within the park have reopened.
Contractors working for the Department of Natural Resources used a 9-ton, 140-foot crane and two smaller cranes to take down the tower in sections, which was completed in one day. Once on the ground, the sections were further deconstructed and all materials were moved to a secure holding area.
In October, staff from the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory will assess all wood elements to determine the existing structural integrity and level of deterioration. Peninsula State Park and Forest Products Lab staff will conduct a presentation on the process laboratory staff will use to assess the wood at 4 p.m. on October 18 at the Fish Creek Town Hall. This presentation is open to the public. Additionally, DNR staff along with the Forest Products Lab team will do a presentation for the Woods class and Gibraltar School students on October 19.
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.
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 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 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.
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 peninsulafriends.org.