By Mick Jensen
Bike Methven has achieved its aim of raising $100,000 through crowd funding to support a collective tender bid to buy a 208ha block of land encompassing the Mt Hutt Bike park.
The online fundraising bid on Give-a-Little has reached a total of over $117,000 (as of yesterday morning) and will remain open until March 9
After website fees of $5000, the balance of donations will be used for a community-initiated fund for the land purchase and will only be activated if the tender is successful.
The land is set to go up for sale by tender today (March 2) and a decision will be made within five days.
The crowd funding initiative has been supported by more than 250 backers.
Bike Methven spokesperson Daniel Burgess said that support had been “massive, and beyond expectations”.
“This is our ‘little old bike park’ and we are just so humbled with the response of donators and very grateful for the support,” he said.
A strong effort to raise community money has gained traction in recent months, led by Bike Methven and local farmer Bruce Sim and the Methven Lions, with the aim of protecting the mountain bike trails and to further develop community recreational resources in the area.
The land is owned by a group of local businessmen and over the last six years trees on the land have reached a commercial maturity value and have been logged.
The logging destroyed large parts of the developed tracks, many of which have since been reinstated by enthusiasts from Bike Methven.
There are around 45km of bike routes scattered around the hilly terrain, which is located at the foot of Mt Hutt, and regular events are held there.
The land was formerly owned by the University of Canterbury Students Association. It still has a lodge at the site.