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#1946
Dutch Springs Owners Planning to Retire and Sell Quarry to Developer
Aquapest - 8/08/2021 10:16 PM
Category: General
Replies: 14

I was surprised this topic did not make the forums since it has reportedly been all over Facebook...

After 41 years, the owners of Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are planning to sell the park to a developer with plans to build warehouses on the site. The story broke in the Lehigh Valley on August 5, 2021. See this link for more information:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/dutch-springs-aq...2a-27b6100f57c1.html
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mike500 - 8/09/2021 1:24 PM
Look down at posts. Dima has a petition to sign to keep dutch open. Over 1,000 signatures in 2 days
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Aquapest - 8/14/2021 10:53 PM
Thanks for sharing.

Anyone wanting to sign the petition at Change.org can follow this link: change.org/p/northampton-council-keep-dutch-spri..._welcome&utm_term=cs
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Aquapest - 8/18/2021 9:44 PM
A story update on the petition and Dutch Springs on LehighValleyLive.com...

lehighvalleylive.com/business/2021/08/petition-g...-lower-nazareth.html
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Aquapest - 8/24/2021 3:53 PM
See this link for the latest Change.org petition update, as well as group and article links:

change.org/p/northampton-council-keep-dutch-spri...velopment/u/29507692
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Aquapest - 8/26/2021 3:38 PM
Here is the latest story from LehighValleyLive.com, dated Tuesday, August 24, 2021, covering the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission meeting on a developer’s proposal for the land at the Dutch Springs site...

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/lvpc-dutch-sprin...2c-17c1665685cd.html

A link to a virtual meeting of the full commission on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 7 p.m. can be found here:

lvpc.org/meetings.html
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Aquapest - 8/27/2021 8:50 PM
Three more articles from WFMZ-TV...

"Dutch Springs developer offers to donate quarry portion of site," dated August 25, 2021:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/dutch-springs-de...65-a7a39693718c.html

"LVPC denounces Dutch Springs project, powerless to stop it," dated August 26, 2021:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/lvpc-denounces-d...rce=article-nav-next

"McClure suggests swapping quarry liability for a Dutch Springs warehouse," dated August 26, 2021:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/mcclure-suggests...d7-d7b8144c486d.html
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Aquapest - 9/07/2021 9:35 AM
A new website has been created among the many efforts seeking to save Dutch Springs. This one offers current news updates:

savedutchsprings.com/

Also, the latest from WFMZ-TV...

"McClure says proposed Dutch Springs liability swap is ’not likely,’" dated September 2, 2021:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/mcclure-says-pro...68-8bb0b19a9884.html
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Aquapest - 9/20/2021 12:03 AM
The latest from WFMZ-TV...

"Developer who wants to build warehouses at Dutch Springs site rejects offer of swap, Northampton County executive says"

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/developer-who-wa...a0-db8a25bf5b26.html

"Northampton County reviews East Allen land purchase but is ’out’ of Dutch Springs"

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/northampton-coun...bd-af0a8cda9a8f.html

...and The Morning Call...

"Northampton County offer to acquire Dutch Springs aqua park quarry rejected. Private bidders hope to save it for divers," dated September 16, 2021:

mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-dutch-springs-par...lnwj5joke-story.html

A story regarding PADI’s involvement from Dive News Wire...

"PADI Leads Efforts to Preserve Diver Access at Dutch Springs," dated August 26, 2021:

divenewswire.com/padi-leads-efforts-to-preserve-...ss-at-dutch-springs/

Finally, a link to PADI’s white paper , dated August 13, 2021, highlighting the economic impact of Dutch Springs and its importance to the dive community:

dropbox.com/scl/fi/l14gkk0v299k9a1vd1ssc/Dutch-S...zzfud904nueapeqxh4jo
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Aquapest - 12/23/2021 5:46 PM
The latest from WFMZ-TV...

"Dutch Springs developer optimistic that divers, residents may be able to keep using quarry," dated December 22, 2021:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/dutch-springs-de...19-572bad4929ea.html
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Aquapest - 12/31/2021 3:46 PM
The latest from WFMZ-TV...

"Local business relieved after plan to save popular diving spot in Lehigh Valley approved," dated December 30, 2021:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/local-business-r...d.html?minutetv=true
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Aquapest - 1/07/2022 9:15 PM
The latest from WFMZ-TV...

"New version of Dutch Springs may partially open this summer, depending on construction," dated January 3, 2022:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/new-version-of-d...9e-67081c8e6120.html
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Aquapest - 7/13/2022 4:07 PM
The latest from WFMZ-TV...

"Dutch Springs property sold for $16.1M, clearing way for warehouses, new diving business," date July 12, 2022:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/dutch-springs-pr...a1-c376fdc5a98f.html
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Aquapest - 10/02/2022 4:01 PM
The latest from WFMZ-TV...

"’Lake Hydra’ chosen as name for new diving venue at former Dutch Springs," dated July 25, 2022:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/lake-hydra-chose...1a-578211055642.html

Lake Hydra Website: lakehydra.com/
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Aquapest - 10/02/2022 4:02 PM
The latest from WFMZ-TV...

"Warehouse construction at and near Lake Hydra, formerly Dutch Springs, moves forward," dated August 29, 2022:

wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/warehouse-constr...a9-0f5488d66cc0.html