Suli Skatepark - Extension

- Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (Kurdistan) -

 

Dear Suli Skatepark Supporters,

As the one-year anniversary of Suli Skatepark is approaching, the success of local programming efforts has outgrown the physical space available at the skatepark. In an effort to keep up with the demand for learning skateboarding, we are excited to work with the locals on building an extension. 

Extending the beginner’s area is our way to thank the locals for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months. They have been independently running daily loaner board sessions and weekly skate classes benefiting 135 Syrian youth refugees and internally displaced children. 

The current skatepark is 650m² and all donations will go towards building materials so that we can add 150m² more space. The extension will ensure the safety for beginners as children progress in their skateboarding skills. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Background

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 650 m² 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. Every donation will go towards its expansion.