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DNR: Public prefers taller tower, ramp through woods at Eagle Tower

Deconstruction on Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park in Door County begins, September 19, 2016. (WLUK/Ben Krumholz)

DOOR COUNTY (WLUK) – The public has spoken – and it wants a taller tower and ramp through the trees for the new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park.

Eagle Tower was closed to the public in 2015 and later taken down due its deteriorating condition and safety concerns.

The state presented three options for the replacement tower:

  • A $3.3 million, 75-foot tower with elevator access
  • A $1.65 million, 75-foot tower with an internal ramp system
  • A $2.1 million, 60-foot tower with an external ramp through the nearby woods

After a public comment period generated more than 650 comments, the third was the preferred option – but with a 75-foot tower, according to the DNR.

“Based on the comments provided by the public and stakeholder team, we plan on moving forward with the canopy concept while exploring the possibility of reaching 75 feet in height or as high as we can possible make it up to that height,” said Ben Bergey, Wisconsin state park system director.

Bergey said the next steps will be to select an architectural and engineering firm to develop the design based on the selected concept. Depending on fundraising, plan approval and bidding, Bergey said he hopes the new tower will be under construction in approximately a year.

The Friends of Peninsula State Park, in cooperation with interested community members, has formed a subcommittee, the Eagle Tower Fund Committee, which has raised more than $650,000 so far to help pay for the project. The state has agreed to fund $750,000 for the project.

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