PlayAtlanta

Welcome to PLAY ATLANTA

Play Atlanta:

making cool stuff happen

We want Atlanta to be a great place to raise your children, and that means having great places to play.

Who We Are

Play Atlanta (formerly known as ATOP-Atlanta Taskforce on Play) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the child's right to play. We advocate for play, help communities set a vision for and design  a playful environment, help real estate developers integrate play spaces throughout a project, educate about the importance of play, and much more. 

Play Atlanta was founded in 2007 in order to apply to KaBOOM!’s Playful City USA competition on behalf of the City of Atlanta. Working closely with the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Play Atlanta (then ATOP) was successful and Atlanta became one of the 31 Founding Playful Cities and went on to win first prize in the PCUSA video grant competition. Check out 

our winning video .


Play Atlanta is a fiscal partner of the local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Park Pride and will 

For info: Cynthia (at) PlayAtlanta.org

To REPAIR/BUILD Playgrounds

REPAIRS: See something that needs to be fixed in a City of Atlanta playground? Please report it to Parks Dept. Customer Service at: 404-546-6813



Members

 

Blog Posts

Play Everywhere

I love the idea of play being everywhere, not just at the playground. When I was a kid (oh,…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on August 16, 2016 at 11:00am

Shadows With a Life of Their Own



This idea of a streetlight that makes shadows based on the memory of your shadow is such a fun idea. It was created by the design team of Chomko & Rosier for a Playable City competition in the UK. 

I know this is wrong of me, but I tend to not care much about playful designs…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 16, 2016 at 4:19pm

Art + Play + Engineering = A Dream Worthy of Installation

  Janet Echelman       +     Alberto Adolfo, Fernandez Gonzalez and Carlos Benjamin      +       Hyunjeong Kim

The artist Janet Echelman spoke at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) several months ago and I have been obsessed with figuring out how to create a play space with her ever since. She uses what are essentially fishermen's nets to create stunning, moving,…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 9, 2016 at 11:00am

A Simple Reminder of the Right of All Children to Play

Thought it was time for a reminder of the simplicity and beauty of play. Plus, I just love the way the song accents the children.

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 7:43pm

To Win Over Poverty a Child Must Have a Dream

There is a very important article in The Atlantic titled, "Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?" It is a fascinating read about coming out on the winning side of a childhood of poverty.

A big factor in…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 10:42am

Atlanta Shines a Bright Light on Parks and Play

by  Guest Blogger Lianne Epstein Deren

Recently I had the delightful and rewarding experience of attending Park…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on April 1, 2016 at 4:19pm

The Bond Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

As you could see in my previous post we have had a grand new playground open up in our neighborhood. It was the brain child of Chastain Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Jay Smith. It has been a long road - over four years, in fact - to get this gargantuan task completed and one had to wonder how Jay kept the vision alive through all the ups and downs, and…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm

A Dream Realized

The Summer Dale Treehouse at Play Chastain (Atlanta, Georgia)

What if you lost someone you loved dearly? There is never a replacement, but sometimes, just sometimes, a memorial or remembrance is so powerful that it touches the heart…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on March 18, 2016 at 9:50am

Just a Few More Days!

PARKS AND PLAY!! IS THE THEME

Monday, March 21, 2016 (all day)

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

It is incredibly exciting and promising that the big annual Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference has Parks and Play : A Conversation for All Ages as its topic this year.…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on March 15, 2016 at 10:34pm

Playing with a Hairbrush and Colors?

Who said play has to be on a playground? Not us! We love playgrounds, of course, but play is also funny and creative and artistic, and did we mention funny?…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on March 9, 2016 at 8:30am

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Events

 

 
 
 

GREAT PLAY RESOURCES

WATCH THIS!!

Watch this video to see why play matters!! 

Aqui esta en Español: 

FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes

 

FIND A PLAYGROUND!!

Click for the Find a Playground app to put on your phone.

Playworks 2010-2011 PLAYBOOK

Pretty much everything you ever needed to know about play.

And, of course, KaBOOM! Find a playground, plan a Play Day, how to build a playground, and much, much more.

Playgroundology, an emerging social science. 

Videos

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Ethan E., our first donor

CLICK TO DONATE!

Ethan's grandmother gave him a gift of $25. He gave $20 to ATOP so more Atlanta kids will have great places to play. He kept $5 to get something cool for himself. We think Ethan is pretty cool!

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