Dutch Springs gear and recollections, from kayaks to a backhoe, can be found at on-line public sale

Reminiscences of Dutch Springs are on the market on-line.

The Decrease Nazareth Township aqua park and scuba diving venue is closed, however gear and equipment gathered over 40 years is out there from Alderfer Public sale. Wetsuits, fins, tanks and masks can be found, together with autos, transport containers, compressors and a backhoe. The public sale began final week and runs via April 26.

When information leaked out final yr that the water-filled quarry off Hanoverville Street would shut, followers of the park have been saddened, and the scuba neighborhood was shocked. Dutch Springs is a well-liked recreation and coaching web site for divers, and it serves as a follow floor for emergency crews.

Trammell Crow, a division of CBRE Group Inc., plans to place two warehouses on the property, one within the Decrease Nazareth aspect, and the opposite within the Bethlehem Township finish. The developer labored to maintain the quarry open, finally reaching settlement with native divers Ken Kraft, a former president of Northampton County Council, and Jim Folks, who owns a dive store in Bethlehem Township.

Kraft and Folks will reopen the diving web site beneath a brand new identify, although the waterpark is gone for good.

The Texas-based developer and DIVE LLC, a limited-liability company created by Kraft and Folks, got here up with a plan to save lots of the quarry and maintain tourism {dollars} flowing to the Lehigh Valley.

“We’re simply two guys making an attempt to do their finest for this trade within the Northeast,” Kraft mentioned throughout an earlier interview. “We had a plan and acquired in contact with Trammell Crow.”

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That plan didn’t embody unreasonable calls for or petitions to save lots of the quarry. Kraft, Folks and Trammell Crow discovered a strategy to carve a 3rd lot out of the property to maintain the quarry open, working across the plan for 2 warehouses. Meaning the quarry will stay open for recreation and coaching of first responders.

Some public officers denounced the Trammell Crow proposal, however the land is in a zone that permits warehouses. The massive-box buildings are going up everywhere in the area, on cornfields, open house and a golf course. Dutch Springs was deemed by some to be an area treasure, but it surely was accessible for improvement.

For Dutch Springs followers with huge again yards, Alderfer lists a zipline and cell trampoline. There are additionally pedal boats, inflatables, kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and helmets. For restauranteurs, business kitchen gear together with a hot-dog curler and pizza oven can be found.

Alderfer is dealing with the retirement sale on behalf of Dutch Springs house owners Stuart and Jane Wells Schooley, who introduced the property in 1980 for $97,662. The worth Trammell Crow can pay upon closing has not been disclosed.

Alderfer is predicated in Hatfield, Montgomery County, and handles auctions of bijou, collectibles, firearms, cash, autos, stamps, cash and extra. Bidding directions are defined on the corporate’s web site.