After closing for more than 600 days, one of Cox Arboretum MetroPark’s most popular amenities has reopened.
Reconstruction of the 65-foot-tall tree tower took place over the winter. Here’s what we know about the reopening of Cox Arboretum MetroPark Tree Tower:
1. CLOSING TIME
The tower closed in September 2016 after crews found soft spots in the structure’s three support logs. Fungus developed in the wood, and the tower was closed for safety reasons. Engineers determined the logs needed to be replaced.
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2. SIGNIFICANT COST
The $475,000 tower, which first opened in October 2012, was funded by the James M. Cox Jr. Arboretum Foundation and Five Rivers MetroParks. The tower’s observation deck provides sweeping views.
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3. ICONIC STRUCTURE
“We have worked diligently to restore this iconic structure to its original beauty and ensure that the tree tower can be enjoyed by the public for many years to come,” said Carrie Scarff, MetroParks chief of planning and projects.
Five Rivers MetroParks last June authorized spending as much as $390,465 to repair the tree tower.