Following guidelines of the Madera County Public Health Department, the State of California, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, ECCO is pleased to announce a staged re-opening plan that adheres to the tier color level assigned to Madera County, California. Please know that the Tier level assigned to Madera County is beyond ECCO’s control and is subject to change at any time.
ECCO sincerely appreciates the flexibility, support, and prayers offered by its valued guests, group leaders, event organizers, and partners over the past year. Everyone has been so very understanding and wonderful throughout this unanticipated journey. The ECCO staff team is longing to welcome you back to your home away from home whether it be for a day visit, an overnight, a weekend, or a longer stay.
During the hiatus, the ECCO staff was able to make several needed improvements. ECCO will look different to you and we think that you’ll like the changes that have been made. The main buildings have been painted. Many of the guest rooms in Sanford Lodge have new shower/bath enclosures. The ventilation systems in Lyles Hall, Lower Lyles West, Walters Chapel/Rivera Library, and the Barton Room have been upgraded with UVC germicidal lamps and MERV-13 air filtration. A large solar array has been installed providing shade to the overflow parking area east of Lyles Hall and “green energy” to the whole property. The Stations of the Cross Trail to the Campo Santo Columbarium has been restored. The biggest change visually is the result of mastication work that removed thick underbrush that had grown up in the forested areas surrounding the main conference center. This work has opened new vistas and vast areas of the 163-acre property for hiking and exploration. As a result of this work, Native American archeological sites were discovered as well as portions of the historic Sugar Pine Flume.
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