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Popular Tree Tower is coming down

Crews next week are expected to disassemble the Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, which has been closed since fungal disease was discovered inside its wooden support beams, making the structure unsafe.

Crews will use a crane to help take apart the 65-foot-tall tower, which will likely take about a week to complete, depending on the weather.

The park will remain open during the work.

EARLIER: MetroParks to probe problems with closed Tree Tower

Five Rivers MetroParks hopes the replacement beams for the tower will be put together later this fall, with a goal of reopening the structure by year’s end.

The tower has been closed since September, when regular maintenance on the structure uncovered decay that threatened its stability.

The tower opened in October 2012 and cost about $475,000 to build. MetroParks last month approved spending about $390,000 to repair the tower.

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