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 and will
For info: Cynthia (at) PlayAtlanta.org
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
Recent street scene at Serenbe.
Are you old enough to remember the days when every child in your neighborhood had a bike and you knew which bike belonged to which kid?
With apologies to my former, younger self who is now cringing in horror and…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am
Take a few minutes to watch a fun little film on play and called "Play". It is from our friends at Play Wales who are quite brilliant when it comes to all things play. (Click on the picture to get the video to play.)
There is a "concept" of play called "loose parts play," that basically means that kids…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on August 18, 2015 at 4:32pm
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm
We have great plans ahead for doing our part to create a more child-friendly environment for children in the City of Atlanta. There is no better place to start that effort than to strengthen our focus on just how playful our city is and what we can all do to make it a better and safer place for our children to…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2015 at 8:00pm
An Imagination Playground in Action at Atlanta's Bethune Elementary School
We need to raise $1,000 this week to ship an Imagination Playground to…Continue
Photo: Lianne Epstein Deren
Today is supposed to be SNOW DAY 2015 in Atlanta. So far, the white stuff has yet to materialize, but most schools are still closed just in case. That means a lot of kids are hanging out at home. I hope…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on February 25, 2015 at 4:30pm
For several years as I have worked with children in traumatic circumstances - from those suffering from chronic disease, to…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on February 18, 2015 at 11:30pm
These 21 swings line a Montreal street every year, and they make beautiful music when they move (click on the picture to see the video.) That's the kind of thing that can make a place special.
Atlanta needs to be special. Not, "Wow, you wouldn't believe all the stuff you can buy here" special, but "Wow, when you're in Atlanta you can just feel the care that goes into everything. It's like…Continue
Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 2:52pm