Excitement builds as bike park takes shape

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Bike enthusiasts will have a new way to enjoy the views of Wanaka when a bike park opens on land at Glendhu Station.
Developed by local resident John Wilson and Glendhu Station owners John and Emily McRae, the park will encompass 50km of trails at Glendhu Bay, including a 3km children’s loop, a 7km family loop, a 12km trail loop and an extended cross-country trail.
Mr Wilson said the park would be designed to be ‘‘eco­conscious’’ with native plantings.
‘‘We want to take the beautiful environment we have got and potentially make it better.
‘‘The majority of our planting plans are definitely based around natives, and we have got a specific list of plants that we will be predominantly using.’’
An aim was to minimise the environmental impact with all buildings on the site constructed to be portable and solar-powered.
The buildings would ‘‘blend into the environment’’ and all waste from the ablution block would be removed from the site, Mr Wilson said.
Economic benefits would include employing a park manager and day-to-day staff for the park, plus track maintenance.
Fees had not been set as yet but the intention was to provide affordable options.
‘‘This isabout sharing the space out there and making it available to as many people as possible.’’
Competitive events might be established at a later date — ‘‘our consent allows us to do that, but our focus initially is on getting it all together and getting it up and running.’’
He hoped the park would be completed by the end of the year, depending on the time it took to construct the trails.
‘‘We hope to be open in time for the summer, so we are saying spring,’’ Mr Wilson said.
Glendhu Station owner John McRae said he was delighted to be developing Bike Glendhu on the land.
‘‘The terrain here is ideal for mountain biking and the Bike Glendhu ethos is to keep the land as natural and uninterrupted as possible while still creating something pretty spectacular for the community to enjoy.
‘‘We envision Bike Glendhu becoming a completely sustainable, high-quality adventure playground that everyone can share for generations to come.’’