- Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (Kurdistan) -
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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.
Thanks to a well-developed infrastructure in Kurdistan, a small skateboarding community has developed in recent years. In a conflict-affected region, skateboarding offers an alternative to the politics of war - it connects youth through a common passion. A small community of skaters in Sulaymaniyah who wanted to further develop skateboarding in their country, advocated building a community skatepark.
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.
In June 2018, Make Life Skate Life, with the support of Skateistan and The Skateroom, have kicked off a year long volunteer-led skate program at Suli Skatepark, with the goal to make skateboarding available to everyone who wants to learn while encouraging the participation of girls and refugees. The program is currently led by Women Skate The World, an international female skate collective, providing support in training a skatepark manager and support the locals in their efforts to independently run the skatepark and skate program.