We want Atlanta to be a great place to raise your children, and that means having great places to play.

Who We Are is a project of the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP). ATOP was founded in 2007 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, 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 ATOP’s winning video .
ATOP is a fiscal partner of the local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Park Pride.

For info: Cynthia (at)

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

If you would like info on building a playground in an Atlanta City Park contact:

Design & location:
Paul Taylor at pataylor(at)

In the News & ATOP Partners


The Wall Street Journal

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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
CNN iReport
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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
New York Times
National Cities Weekly
Georgia Front Page
Southeast Green
Atlanta Board of Education's Khaatim El - blog

ATOP Advisory Board
Dr. Arthur Wendel, CDC
Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
National Center for Environmental Health, Public Health and Built Environment Initiative
Tom Walsh, Founding Principal, Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates
Olga Jarrett, PhD - Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University; Former President, International Play Association
Orland Esval, Director of eCommerce, AT&T
George Dusenbury, Commissioner, Parks, Recreation + Cultural Affairs, City of Atlanta

City of Atlanta
Playful City USA
Park Pride
Camp Twin Lakes

Central Atlanta Progress
Tool Bank
Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates




Blog Posts

Why is Atlanta Lagging in Attracting Graduates?

Check out the New York Times article on cities that are attracting graduates who, in turn, attract business.…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on October 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

Look at Them Looking

"Look at them, looking," he once urged me as we watched some children draw- and then he added, "their eyes meeting the world." He wished that schools, especially, would take the child as artist more seriously: "A youngster drawing is a youngster thinking, a youngster telling you a…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2014 at 8:48am

Creative Atlantans Needed to Build Playgrounds

Next week the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) will launch the Atlanta Playmaker Registry. Everywhere I go people say they want playgrounds that don't look like they came out of a catalogue, don't cost a fortune, could be something they make themselves, are more artistic, and that really feel like their…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 31, 2014 at 3:30pm

Atlanta, Commit to Being a GREAT Child Friendly City

Click on photo to see the swings in action.

There is a street in Montreal that makes people happy. On that street are 21 swings or 21 Balançoires designed by a group of…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 23, 2014 at 10:00pm

Heartbreak Hill (Peachtree) Here We Come!!

An artist in Bristol England used play to create an amazing experience for the town. Tens of thousands of people applied to be able to make a run down the slippery slide built down one of the city's main streets. Only 350 or so were selected. This looks like SO much fun.

I think Atlanta should do this in the midst of the hot, hot summer and then…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on May 8, 2014 at 10:54am

Playable Art DC is OPEN!

So excited to finally have Playable Art DC underway. Right now we are looking for 3 perfect sites to place the winning entries. Tell any creative people you know about the competition. It will be open for designs in early June. Let the fun…

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on March 22, 2014 at 11:05am

How To Prepare Your Child for a Great Future

Recent issue of PlayRights, the magazine of the International Play Association

I am struck by how the things I love to do today are so reminiscent of how I played as a child. When I was a little girl I would always get the kids in the…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on February 24, 2014 at 1:21pm

Perfect for My Backyard!

You can always find something inspiring on the PlayScapes blog by Paige Johnson. I saw this today and thought this must certainly be the perfect solution for a sand pit for our grandchildren in our…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 17, 2013 at 2:49pm

Vroom With a View

This swing hangs from a treehouse overlooking the Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador. Can you imagine what it must be like to soar out over the volcano with no safely belt - just you and a rope swing? It's kind of funny because when I was a kid  nobody had ever heard of a safety belt. Of…


Posted by Cynthia Gentry on December 9, 2013 at 12:18pm


I hope you enjoy this uplifting and fun video made by the International Play Association. It was created to celebrate the adoption of the General Comment on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. That's a fancy way to say that the UN is making it a priority to let everyone know all children everywhere have the right to play! Check it out!

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2013 at 8:52am


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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. 

Play Champions of the Year

Who will be Atlanta's Play Champion of the Year in 2014?


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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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