In the most recent meeting between DNR representatives and Legislature a 2017 re-opening of Eagle Tower was discussed and supported by those in attendance. Additional discussions will be needed moving forward to solidify timeline, resource needs and funding but the Friends of Peninsula State Park feel that this current momentum is a great sign of things to come!
Below are some highlights from the meeting:
- Momentum is greatly in favor of keeping Eagle Tower in its historic form – no modernized replacement was discussed except in passing. Everyone seemed unanimous about this. This is very encouraging.
- Dr. Bob Ross, USDA wood properties expert, was convincing in his evaluation of important structural wood members being in alarming states of decay, especially the main support columns. He is an expert in this area and there was no reason to dispute his findings.
- Bob Ross agreed that, if available, a restoration plan should be based off of the original blueprints or new blueprints with as close to exact measurements as possible.
- Senator Lasee would like this to be an educational experience for the million visitors to Peninsula State Park this summer so that visitors can observe and learn as work progresses.