By Paul Schmitt
The new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park will be a taller tower with a ramp through the trees in the woods. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that over 650 public comments were submitted and the option that was preferred was the third option but with a 75-foot tower. Steve Strucely of the Friends of Peninsula State Park says the process of choosing the tower structure type fit what the public wanted.
The chosen option for the replacement tower is estimated to cost $2.1 million. The other options ranged from 1.65 million to $3.3 million. Strucely says the Friends of Peninsula State Park has had a very close relationship with the DNR and the parks group through the process and looks forward to continuing through the completion of the new tower in 2019. The Eagle Tower Fund Committee has already raised over $650,000 toward a $750,000 goal that would be matched by the state, according to Strucely.