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. 

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



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Blog Posts

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…

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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)…

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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. …

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

Dreams for Atlanta!

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…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 26, 2016 at 10:30am

Growing Our Playable Garden

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…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on November 7, 2016 at 8:01am

Mr. Mayor, Atlanta Can Help Raise Resilient Children with Play!

Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed has been surprising me lately with some pretty cutting edge programs like a Department of Urban Agriculture, an Office of Sustainability, and now by…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on November 4, 2016 at 11:30am

Defining Play

Try though I may I have always found a definition of play to be elusive. It is like trying to define love. It is different things to different people. It changes. It is full of layers. This piece of paper is hanging on my studio wall. I took it from the General Comment (#17) on article 31 of the UN…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on November 2, 2016 at 10:30am

An Old Idea Becomes Radically New

Is Atlanta ready for a new old kind of playground? What if we did an experiment in which we tried out an adventure playground like they did at Governor's Island in New York? This is an incredible idea whose time came, went and is back again! Think about it.…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on October 14, 2016 at 9:00am

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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. 

Videos

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Ethan E., our first donor

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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!

My Face Having Fun


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