Vail Daily letter: What is that?
Vail, CO Colorado
What is behind that ugly green fence on U.S. Highway 6 just west of Edwards? That is the result of 15 years of work and dedication by a number of local people who have met to ponder and plan for an interfaith and community facility in the Eagle Valley.
After many false starts and disappointments, the Eagle Valley Religious Foundation finally found and bought the 5 acres formerly belonging to Steve Ruder. And after another four or five years of working to raise the money to build, Phase I of the Edwards Interfaith Chapels and Community Center, consisting of classrooms and community center, is under way. Two chapels and a caretaker apartment will complete the campus in the future.
The interfaith concept so unique to the valley was born about 1965, when Vail Associates gave the land for the Vail Interfaith Chapel. The Chapel at Beaver Creek, on land again given by Vail Associates, was built in the 1980s. The sharing of facilities by both religious and nonreligious groups means that these groups can survive here, where land is at a premium and building costs are high.
Why such a facility in the west end of the valley? Pretty much that is where the children and youth are and where classroom and meeting space is needed. As the valley has grown, so has the need for space where the many service, charitable and youth groups can meet. A commercial-type kitchen will be added as funds are available for banquets, wedding receptions, etc.
So as you drive down Highway 6, slow down and take a look at the artist’s rendering on the sign on the fence. I think you will agree that it is going to be a very nice addition to our valley.
Jo Brown Edwards