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Skatepark Spotlight: Bay 198 in Lincoln, Nebraska

There is one thing that Nebraska has in short supply, indoor skate parks. Sure, there are several outdoor skate parks in the state but to my knowledge there is only one indoor, non-profit one. That honor belongs to the Bay 198 Skatepark in Lincoln. Here are a few more details:

Background

In the spring of 2011 Nebraska skater Mike Smith went on an epic journey with his friends. He, along with Phil Burcher of Precision Skateboards, Steve Andel and Andrew Norman skated from Scottsbluff to Lincoln, Nebraska, in an effort to raise funds and awareness for his vision of a free, indoor skatepark. The determined men completed their skate journey and the Bay 198 Skatepark was put on the map.

About the Skatepark

The Bay 198 Skatepark is a skater owned and operated indoor skatepark that is located inside the Westfield Gateway Mall on 61st and O Street in Lincoln. It is considered a non-profit skatepark and as such, donations are always welcome. In addition to a safe place to skate, visitors are treated to the camaraderie and support that can only be found at a local, skater owned and operated skatepark. The group is hoping to eventually expand to a bigger facility.

It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. Sessions range in duration from 1 ½ hours to four hours depending on when you visit. You can find out more information about the skatepark and the group's mission on the organization's website, blog and Facebook page.

Those that wish to skate must download and sign a liability waiver that is available online. At this point, a modest fee is charged for access to the skatepark in order to keep things running. Admission fees range from $3 to $7 per person, depending on the session day and time. The group is also always raising money to help pay the admission fees of kids who can't afford to pay. The use of proper safety gear is required and helmet rentals are available on site for an additional $3. You will need to bring your own skateboard though.

Nearby Skate Shops

If you find that you need some skate gear while you are at the Bay 198, you may want to visit Precision Skateboards on 624 Gateway Mall. After all, the owner skated over 400 miles in support of the skatepark. That ought to count for something.

My children are skaters and I have a history of following the sport.

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