By Mick Jensen
A community-led bid to secure the future of Mt Hutt’s Bike Park is unconditional and heralds the start of a new chapter for summer use of the land.
Bike Methven and a number of individuals were involved in the successful tender to buy the land, including local farmer Bruce Sim.
Bike Methven president Daniel Burgess said acceptance of the March bid was “fantastic news”.
He was quick to thank all supporters, including those who pledged on crowd funding website Give-a-Little.
Individual pledges topped $120,000, exceeding Bike Methven’s target by $15,000.
“Thanks must also go to the previous landowners who allowed us to continue building trails and riding on the land over the last four years.
“The new owners group is also to be applauded for its vision and community focus,” Mr Burgess said.
Mr Burgess said most involved in the new shareholder group had no connection with mountain biking at all, but had bought into the vision of Bike Methven and Bruce Sim “to build a strong, viable opportunity for summer activities in Methven”.
The new ownership group includes a number of well-known Methven and foothills names including Sir Graeme Harrison, Philip Wareing, Graham Robertson, Russell Currie, Ben Todhunter and Donna Field, Peter Campbell, Mark Davey, David Grant and David Molloy.
Bike Methven hoped to develop more world class riding trails in the future, said Daniel Burgess.
“It’s the start of a whole new chapter, not only for riding at Mt Hutt, but also the future possibilities of what can happen with the land.
“The new owners group is very keen to get new and exciting summertime activities under way.”