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. 

For info: Cynthia (at) 404.200.0170

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



Blog Posts

Stewardship not Maintenance

A weed is not always a weed. 

It is wonderful that parents, educators, city recreation departments and others are singing the praises of "natural playgrounds" these days. The concept has been growing constantly, especially…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on September 10, 2018 at 10:30am

Inspire Me, Please, Atlanta!

"I'm not annoyed because we are not recreating the past in Atlanta.

I am annoyed because we are not creating a beautiful future."

Pier Six…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on August 22, 2018 at 11:30am

Clean up. Clean up. Everybody do your share!

Park Pride Volunteer Day Volunteers…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on April 2, 2018 at 8:30am

An Engaging Idea in London (from 2012)

In 2012, an artist in London created an interactive "invisible fence" that passersby couldn't resist. Check out the City Lab article Parks Weren't Always for Everybody  for the history behind the article's title, disappearing park…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on February 7, 2018 at 3:00pm

Can a Snow Day Show Us Atlanta's Future?

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 8, 2017 at 10:30am

A Vote in Favor of Recess

Read it and weep happy tears...

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on November 15, 2017 at 11:18am

Schools + City = Play + Greenspace = Community Transformation


Although the participants in last night’s Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum on Greenspace…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 14, 2017 at 10:00am

What Is a Playground Without Any Swings?

A drone shot of our new playground at The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington, KY

(click to see drone flyover - the best views of the playground start at around 2:55)…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on June 8, 2017 at 10:06am

Let's Be Honest - Does Play Really Matter?

Click the image above to watch "This Is Me", a short video on the child's right to play from the International Play Association (IPA).

(This video was made by PlayAtlanta's Cynthia Gentry in her role on the Board of…

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on June 8, 2017 at 10:00am

Architect Richard Dattner's PlayCubes Return

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. …


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 29, 2016 at 9:30am


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Watch this video to see why play matters!! 

Aqui esta en Español: 

FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes



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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Ethan E., our first donor


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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