The Friends of Peninsula State Park in partnership with the Eagle Tower Fund Committee are in the process of fundraising to reopen Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park. The following is high level timeline and goal for the project. While the fundraising will be managed by the Friends of Peninsula State Park, the Friends have chosen to work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to oversee the deconstruction, planning and reconstruction of the Tower.
To be achieved by October 15th, 2016 for site planning and design GOAL MET!!
To be achieved by December 31st, 2016 GOAL MET!!
To be achieved by April 1st, 2017
To be achieved by July 1st, 2017
The WDNR has contracted and provided funding for the deconstruction of Eagle Tower to happen at this time. The Tower will be taken apart piece by piece and the wood will be analyzed for quality. At this time it is the goal to identify as much of the existing wood in parts of the new structure or surrounding elements as possible. If this is not feasible, the wood will be repurposed for other uses.
Following the deconstruction, the WDNR initiated the search and selection of proposals for the site plan and architectural design of the Tower. The initial $50,000 collected by this time was used by the DNR to contract and plan for the new site construction.
Following a completed site plan and architectural design for the Tower, the WDNR will plan for the reconstruction timeline. The sooner the overall fundraising goal is achieved the sooner the WDNR can initiate the reconstruction and site design.
History of Events
- Fall 2013: A visual inspection of the tower completed led to a recommendation for a more in-depth inspection of the structural components.
- Spring 2015: A thorough inspection of the tower was completed. This inspection included core sampling of the timbers to determine the general internal condition of the structural components and overall loadbearing capacity of the structure.
- May 2015: The inspection report indicated the tower was in poor structural condition and it was closed to public use. It was expected to be torn down in Fall of 2015.
- November 2015: The community rallied together with over 1700 petition signatures to preserve Eagle Tower. This included the potential to repair, rebuild or replace the Tower.
- January 2016: Local Legislators and the DNR came to an agreement to move forward with determining options to replicate the Tower in the same or nearby location. The structure would need to be reviewed and potentially modified for ADA compliance. Due to the state budgeting process it was identified that the state was not the preferred entity for acquiring funds in a timely manner.
- April 2016: A joint committee was created with local area organizations, local legislators, county residents and DNR representatives under the formation of the Friends of Peninsula State Park's 501c3 non profit. This committee is tasked with identifying repair options and fundraising to achieve needed financial support.
- May 2016: In reviewing the tower it was identified that original blueprints could not be found. In an effort to move forward as closely as possible with the original structure, sensors will be placed on the tower for the purpose of recreating an original blueprint.