Lincoln man begins adventure, stops in York

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Mark Bussey of Lincoln performs a kickflip-blunt to fakie during a stop at the York skatepark.

Mark Bussey, a 42-year-old resident of Lincoln, has embarked on a personal adventure: visiting every skatepark and courthouse across Nebraska.

As a lifelong skateboarder, Bussey recently made the decision to visit all the skateparks scattered throughout the state, viewing it as an enjoyable activity to share with his son on weekends.

Despite juggling multiple jobs, he has managed to allocate time to visit 24 skateparks and 41 courthouses thus far.

Reflecting on memorable experiences, Bussey shared, “The skatepark in Duncan, NE was really interesting. The small towns and villages all seem to have Subway restaurants and the old school Pizza Huts you don’t see in the larger cities.”

Incorporating courthouses into his itinerary was simply an additional activity while stopping in each county. Although he holds no interest in politics, Bussey finds joy in observing the unique architecture and admiring the Romanesque designs.

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“The buildings are always recognizable as representative for the area. It’s a good place for a photo and to document a visit.”

Bussey is hoping to accomplish his objective by year-end.

“I’m stoked to go out to the panhandle, just because it’s so far. Sioux County haunts me daily because it’s so far from where we live – it’s the same distance as Denver.”

Expressing anticipation for visiting Alliance and Gering skateparks, Bussey noted that their appeal lies not necessarily in their quality but in the recognition of their value by someone who invested in their creation.

“Anyone can do this,” he added. “Our state is very big and there are many different communities that have different vibes. It’s fun to get out of your comfort zone and really good for people and energizing!”

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