Help Build the Baghdad Skatepark

We have land! With your support, we can now begin building a skatepark in a public space in central Baghdad this September. We need to move quickly to raise $40,000 for the cost of the park, so please give today.

This grassroots reparations effort acknowledges the desecration of Iraq’s cities since the 2003 US-led invasion, and supports the construction of this community-building public space in response.

Local skateboarders will have the opportunity to work alongside volunteer skatepark-building professionals, who will share their knowledge of concrete construction. Once the skatepark is complete, programs will be run in coordination with local skaters to give lessons, distribute equipment, and create community events. Free loaner skateboards will be made available so all can enjoy the skatepark, regardless of economic standing. We support the youth of Baghdad, they are the future of Iraq!

Baghdad is home to a burgeoning skateboarding scene. Over 150 young skateboarders meet weekly in the city center, but they navigate dangerous traffic to practice their sport. In a city with a population of over 7 million, public recreation facilities are in high demand. The Baghdad Skatepark will provide a safe space for young people to exercise, build community, and thrive. This has been a long-dreamed collaboration among The Islah Reparations Project, Sport Against Violence, and Un Ponte Per.

We can only fulfill this dream for the youth of Baghdad if we reach our goal of $40,000. Please spread the word as widely as possible.

Photos by Sarah Samya

Here is an approximate budget summary for the park:

Materials$22,000
Tools$4,000
Builder Expenses$14,000
Total Project Cost$40,000

For the latest project updates, follow @baghdadskatepark on Facebook and Instagram or email baghdadskatepark@gmail.com for a more detailed budget or any additional questions.

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