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We want Atlanta to be a great place to raise your children, and that means having great places to play.
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
Play Atlanta is a fiscal partner of the local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Park Pride.
For info: Cynthia (at) PlayAtlanta.org 404.200.0170
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
Play Atlanta IN THE NEWS
Atlanta Business Chronicle: ABC-Private Grants Help Deliver.pdf
Atlanta Magazine: Play With A Purpose, Why Kids Need Recess
KaBOOM! Playmaker of the Month
Recreation & Parks in Georgia Magazine: Creating Partnerships in Atlanta
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Centers of Hope Good for Atlanta's Kids
ATOP in Metropolis
Delta's SKY Magazine
The Treehouse in the News
ATOP/SCAD's Sculpture Department Project at Camp Twin Lakes
Camp Twin Lakes' News Splash p. 3-4
New York Times
National Cities Weekly
Georgia Front Page
Atlanta Board of Education's Khaatim El - blog
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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on June 8, 2017 at 10:00am
As a child of the 60s and 70s I have always savored the decades for their extraordinary music and profound cultural change - and the fact that I was so young then. It has only been in the past decade that I learned about the wonderful play design that was occurring around the same time. One perfect example is that of architect and play designer Richard Dattner and his PlayCubes. …Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 29, 2016 at 9:30am
The Mayor of Calgary, Alberta Canada has released this video about the International Play Association Triennial Conference which will be in Calgary in September 2017. He gets it!! He really gets it!! For almost six years I have had the honor of sitting on the Board of IPA World and am thrilled that the…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 26, 2016 at 10:30am
I believe in play everywhere. We are slowly transforming our yard into a playable garden.
This year we added wild flowers to the flower bed in front of the house. The number of butterflies and bees constantly getting their fill of nectar is astounding. There were a few…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on November 7, 2016 at 8:01am