By Mark Kanz
The replacement of Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park took a giant leap forward this week as the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee passed a motion to provide a matching grant of up to $750,000 for the project. Eagle Tower Campaign Manager Rachel Stollenwerk says her group worked with local lawmakers to persuade their colleagues to earmark uncommitted Stewardship Fund dollars for the project. While a lot of work says been done since last September, Stollenwerk says the Friends of Peninsula State Park aren’t relaxing.
Stollenwerk says state funds provide a dollar for dollar match of private donations. The group is just under $430,000 raised. The design phase is in progress with the challenge of making the new tower handicapped-accessible.