Last Updated October 6th, 2017
What happened to Eagle Tower?
A safety inspection in May 2015 identified structural deficiencies with Eagle Tower and it was closed to public use. Since that time, many outspoken community residents, legislators, DNR representatives and long-time visitors of Door County and Peninsula State Park have communicated and stressed the importance of preserving the legacy of this historic landmark. Because of this the tower will be rebuilt, privately funded through the efforts of the Friends of Peninsula State Park and project managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Where is the project right now and how much money has been raised to date?
As of the end of September 2017 the campaign has raised approximately $650,000 through generous donations of thousands of individuals and countless others who made donations through various business support. In addition the Joint Finance Committee has passed a bill and been signed by Governor Scott Walker to provide up to $750,000 of support for the project. When the Eagle Tower Fund Committee reaches their $750,000 goal the project will have $1.5 million in available funding.
When will the Tower be open again?
The project at this point is dependent on decisions surrounding ADA compliance. Options have been presented to the public which can be viewed on the DNR website here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula/eagletower.html. Once a concept is decided on additional funding channels will be determined and a construction timeline will be set. Construction timeline and completion of fundraising is heavily dependent on the design concept chosen. We encourage you to review the options and analysis and provide your input by October 9th.
What is included in the project budget?
Along with the physical Tower structure the project includes 1) the reconstruction of Eagle Tower, 2) parking and roadway redevelopment, 3) vegetative clearing, 4) ADA Compliance, 5) Site repairs and 6) architecture and administrative fees. In addition, the project will include the addition of interpretive and educational signage.
Will the Tower look the same?
It is the goal for Eagle Tower to be a replica of the original structure. However, new technologies and materials that can lengthen the life of the structure and allow for manageable maintenance while still preserving the original look of wood will be considered. In addition, the Tower will offer full access in compliance with ADA regulations which may alter the final design concept.
Are there opportunities to be recognized for my donation?
One new addition to the base of the tower will be a donation plaque. This plaque will list the donors who have made contributions at the outlined thresholds. Minimum contribution for permanent recognition at the base of the Tower is $1,000. Donors can choose what will be listed on the plaque including a memorial gift in honor or memory of someone. Donors will be contacted regarding their contribution when the plaque is in its design phase.
Can the state use my donation for other things?
No, your contribution is tax deductible under the Friends of Peninsula State Park's 501c3. All contributions are managed by the Friends and gifted to the DNR for the purpose of rebuilding Eagle Tower. Any monies above and beyond the cost for reconstruction will continue to be managed by the Friends and used for future maintenance and monitoring of Eagle Tower or additional initiatives within the park.
What will happen to the wood from the Tower?
The wood was sold on September 30th at a live auction in Fish Creek. Remaining pieces will be further organized and made available for sale. If you are interested in being notified of opportunities to buy a piece of Eagle Tower please provide an email address in the Contact Form.
How do I make a donation?
You can make a donation online by visiting the Eagle Tower website at www.eagletowerfund.com. If you prefer to mail your gift, please make your check payable to Eagle Tower Fund and send it to: Friends of Peninsula State Park, PO Box 502, Fish Creek, WI 54212. If you would like to discuss your donation or recognition opportunities or have any questions or comments please use the Contact Form.