AKnews reports that the amusement park in Anbar province’s capital city, Ramadi, has re-opened after a seven-year break.
The park was opened in 1993 and attracted people from all over Anbar province, but closed in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
It was reportedly a stronghold for insurgents in the past few years when the city was under the control of armed groups. But with considerable improvements in Anbar’s security in the last three years, the park has been re-opened now. The province used to be al-Qaeda’s stronghold from 2004 to 2007.
Musab al-Nasir, the Manager of Ramadi amusement park told AKnews that park and its facilities sustained considerable damage in the aftermath of the war and large parts of its were reduced to rubble or were looted.
He said tons of rubble were removed from the park among which bodies of individuals tortured by al-Qaeda were found.
“The new park contains 20 games, a cafe, a restaurant and a hall for parties, as well as waterfalls and a management hall.”
Jassim Zeidan, the deputy governor of Anbar said, “This is an achievement and defying terrorism. The local government in the province is determined to continue building entertainment parks.”
Hours before the opening of the park, hundreds of enthusiastic children arrived there to play.