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DNR to tear down Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower

Posted: 3:06 PM, Feb 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-12 16:21:58-05

STURGEON BAY (NBC 26) -- The Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower will be deconstructed, the Wisconsin DNR said Wednesday.

In a news release, the DNR said significant rot and decay was found throughout the tower, which was first constructed in in 1932. The 75-foot tower was closed in December 2017.

"The observation tower at Potawatomi State Park is an important way for people to experience this park. It is our responsibility to provide these opportunities as well as protect public safety," said Ben Bergey, director of the Wisconsin State Park System. "Decisions such as this are not easy. The science tells us the tower needs to come down; however, we are working with our partners to explore future opportunities."

According to Michael Bergum, DNR Northeast District Park and Recreation Supervisor, despite the decision being made to deconstruct the tower, there is no set time frame for when it will come down.

Click here to learn more about the decision to bring the tower down.