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

A Little Snow Learning

This blog from Public Workshop's Alex Gilliam is worth sharing here even if Atlanta's Snowmageddon only yielded drifts of 1/16th of an inch. (Hear…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on January 24, 2016 at 12:30pm

Design a City to Embrace Children, Please

This Capitol Hill (DC) treehouse has sparked debate among neighbors, with some saying it shouldn't have been constructed 20 inches over their property line into the alley. (Larry Janezich/Capitol Hill Corner)

Have you ever noticed…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on January 21, 2016 at 7:00pm

FACT: Children Need Recess

Kindergartners get into recess. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Atlanta pediatrician and parent Sarah Gard Lazarus has done a great service to the children of Atlanta with her opinion piece on recess …

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on January 14, 2016 at 10:30pm

There's Magic at Your Feet All Over Town

Tiny doors are appearing in the most unexpected places.

Little sprinkles of fairy dust and wonder have been cropping up over Atlanta for the past year or so in the shape of tiny . The magicians making it happen are highlighted in an article on ARTSatl.com today. Anything that brings wonder to human hearts of any and all…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 15, 2015 at 1:30pm

Yes. Play in a City Is Good for the Entire City



Everyone is talking about attracting "Millennials" to Atlanta to help build a vibrant, creativity-based economy, but what about keeping (aka sustaining) that population as they grow and have families? They don't stop being creative and good for the city when they have children, they become MORE interested than ever in having a great place to live. It's just…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2015 at 11:20am

Teens Still Want to Play

Chastain Park teens talk about how they like to play in this raw footage. The male voice offering advice from off-camera is former ABC News correspondent Al Dale, father of Summer Dale. The young ladies from L-R: Summer Dale, Ana Dodys, Reeves, Trivette.

Everyone complains about teenagers so much that we forget they are still kids.…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 5, 2015 at 12:00pm

Creativity and Play - Simply Inseparable

My grandson, the artist, at work

My four-year-old grandson loves to draw the wind with pink and green crayons. When I first noticed this I asked him to tell me what those squiggly little lines on his paper were. He stopped drawing and looked closely into…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2015 at 10:30pm

Atlanta Could/Should Be More Bikeable and Walkable

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…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am

Don't Forget to Bring Some Junk to Play With!

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…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on August 18, 2015 at 4:32pm

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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. 

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DONATE

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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