Colorado Springs, CO, September 26, 2013 – The El Paso Board of County Commissioners recognized the 60th anniversary of The Navigator's purchase of Glen Eyrie Castle at its meeting Tuesday, September 24.
"Glen Eyrie boasts ties to the earliest days of settlement in the region and is noted on the National Register of Historic Places," Commissioner Dennis Hisey said as he read the resolution into the record.
The Navigators and Glen Eyrie have been part of an unprecedented regional collaboration to mitigate the risk of flash flooding off the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar.
“I really appreciate the good neighbors you have been to this community,” Hisey said.
The Navigators and Glen Eyrie worked with other groups to install two debris nets in Queens Canyon to prevent major debris from going down Camp Creek, which flows through Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch, Pleasant Valley, and down to Highway 24.
Representatives from The Navigators signed papers on September 29, 1953, to purchase Glen Eyrie. The nearly 800 acres of land and buildings became their headquarters, training center, and conference grounds.
Glen Eyrie hosts about 46,500 visitors each year for more than 350 spiritual growth retreats and conferences, as well as other activities at the home built by Colorado Springs founder General William Jackson Palmer.
“Glen Eyrie is such a treasure for us,” said Commissioner Sallie Clark. “What a beautiful place and what a blessing it is to have Glen Eyrie as part of this community.”
“Thank you for keeping its historic nature and really keeping to the tradition that General Palmer first created,” she said.
Brett Clark, Director of Community Relations for The Navigators, accepted the proclamation. He noted that Billy Graham considered purchasing the property.
“We’re thankful to have been in the neighborhood for 60 years,” he said.
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