by Dean Rizzo, Spring Canyon director
Spectacular! The aspen tree colors were at their golden peak on 1 October at OCF’s Spring Canyon Conference Center in Colorado for the dedication of the Hemingway Operations Complex.
This wonderful facility offers a whole variety of indoor and outdoor activities and consists of the Hemingway Operations Building, guide quarters, a challenge course, and low-and-high ropes courses.
The entire project was funded by a generous gift to the OCF Growing and Building Campaign in memory of LtCol Tom Hemingway, USMC (Ret.), a former Spring Canyon director.
LtCol Hemingway’s wife, Sarah, and some of their family were present along with other guests to dedicate the finished components of the facility.
OCF Executive Director, Brig Gen David Warner, USAF (Ret.), presented Sarah with a coin from Spring Canyon’s Rocky Mountain High program and a plaque commemorating the Hemingway family’s seventeen years of service at Spring Canyon.
Different components of the entire complex were constructed between 2007 and 2011, with former Spring Canyon employees Mike McKean and Lee Fenzel completing much of the design and construction.
The final prayer of the dedication ceremony recalled the blessings of God and consecrated the new Hemingway Operations Complex to God’s work and His glory.