- Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (Kurdistan) -
Suli Skatepark is our most recent skatepark project in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (Kurdistan). With a population of 1.6 million, the city is the cultural as well as educational hub in the Kurdish region and has experienced significant growth after the Iraq war.
In May 2018, 45 international volunteers from 15 countries worked with local youth to build Suli Skatepark, providing a safe space for skateboarding in the community. Construction of the 750 square meter concrete skatepark was completed in three weeks, making it the country's first skatepark and the first international standard skatepark in the entire region.
With the support of Skateistan, Decks for Change and The Skateroom, we currently run a volunteer-led skate program at Suli Skatepark. Loaner boards are given out by local skaters everyday from 4pm - 8pm. In collaboration with UNHCR and CDO we provide weekly skate classes to groups of Syrian refugess and internally displaced persons in Iraq (IDP). The classes take place at Suli Skatepark on Wednesdays and Sundays from 5pm - 7pm and serve 30 girls and boys every week.
Due to the growing demand for skateboarding and skate classes at Suli Skatepark, it becomes vital to expand the beginner's area of the skatepark. Donations will go towards its expansion planned for early 2019.