WATCH: A unique local icon is being rebuilt, and here’s how it looks so far

Work is continuing on the reconstruction of the Cox Arboretum MetroPark Tree Tower, a popular and unique vantage point in the region that is being rebuilt because of safety concerns.

» PHOTOS: 9 images of the Tree Tower, a must-see view of the region

The tower closed in September 2016 after soft spots were discovered in the wood of the 65-foot tall structure, which is supported by three beams.

The damage, caused by fungal disease, threatened the stability of the tower, and Five Rivers MetroParks closed it and later approved spending about $390,465 to repair and replace the support beams.

Here’s a look at what kinds of views the tower provided when it was in operation:

46-foot Tree Tower a must-see stop at Cox Arboretum #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

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