Friday was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park. It was a beautiful sunny morning for the presentation which took place at the base of the new tower. Wisconsin DNR Section Chief Missy Vanlanduyt was the MC For the event, and she spoke of the tower’s history with the 2 previous towers on that site, and the many aspects of this new tower which make it so special……
The Wisconsin DNR Northeast Director Jean Romback-Bartels emphasized how this tower is another step forward for the state parks in providing accessibility to the public…..
Local Representative Joel Kitchens, who was very active in the efforts to rebuild the tower, told the crowd of over 100 ribbon-cutting attendees about the first public meeting concerning the old tower not meeting safety requirements…….
And Bob Ross from the US Forest Products Lab in Madison, who helped in designing the new tower, discussed the many important aspects of the tower’s design…….
These speakers and other representatives of the tower’s rebuilding then stood at the entrance to the new accessibility ramp and conducted the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Many attendees then ascended the new tower while snacks were provided by the Friends of Peninsula State Park, an organization which supplied much help in the efforts to fund and rebuild the new Eagle Tower.