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



Members

 

Blog Posts

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

Saporta Report: Let’s Talk About Play

I just stumbled upon an article I wrote for the Saporta Report earlier this year before Park Pride's annual Parks and Greenspace Conference. The conference had the theme of Parks and Play: A Conversation for All Ages and it was fantastic.

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on September 6, 2016 at 11:42am

Play Everywhere

I love the idea of play being everywhere, not just at the playground. When I was a kid (oh,…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on August 16, 2016 at 11:00am

Shadows With a Life of Their Own



This idea of a streetlight that makes shadows based on the memory of your shadow is such a fun idea. It was created by the design team of Chomko & Rosier for a Playable City competition in the UK. 

I know this is wrong of me, but I tend to not care much about playful designs…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 16, 2016 at 4:19pm

Art + Play + Engineering = A Dream Worthy of Installation

  Janet Echelman       +     Alberto Adolfo, Fernandez Gonzalez and Carlos Benjamin      +       Hyunjeong Kim

The artist Janet Echelman spoke at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) several months ago and I have been obsessed with figuring out how to create a play space with her ever since. She uses what are essentially fishermen's nets to create stunning, moving,…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on July 9, 2016 at 11:00am

A Simple Reminder of the Right of All Children to Play

Thought it was time for a reminder of the simplicity and beauty of play. Plus, I just love the way the song accents the children.

Posted by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 7:43pm

To Win Over Poverty a Child Must Have a Dream

There is a very important article in The Atlantic titled, "Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?" It is a fascinating read about coming out on the winning side of a childhood of poverty.

A big factor in…

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Posted by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 10:42am

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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!

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