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Schools + City = Play + Greenspace = Community Transformation

 

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

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 14, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 8, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

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…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 8, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 29, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 26, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 7, 2016 at 8:01am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 4, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 2, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 6, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 16, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 16, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 9, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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.

Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 7:43pm — No Comments

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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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

Atlanta Shines a Bright Light on Parks and Play

by  Guest Blogger Lianne Epstein Deren

Recently I had the delightful and rewarding experience of attending Park…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

The Bond Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

As you could see in my previous post we have had a grand new playground open up in our neighborhood. It was the brain child of Chastain Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Jay Smith. It has been a long road - over four years, in fact - to get this gargantuan task completed and one had to wonder how Jay kept the vision alive through all the ups and downs, and…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Dream Realized

The Summer Dale Treehouse at Play Chastain (Atlanta, Georgia)

What if you lost someone you loved dearly? There is never a replacement, but sometimes, just sometimes, a memorial or remembrance is so powerful that it touches the heart…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 18, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

Just a Few More Days!

PARKS AND PLAY!! IS THE THEME

Monday, March 21, 2016 (all day)

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

It is incredibly exciting and promising that the big annual Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference has Parks and Play : A Conversation for All Ages as its topic this year.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 15, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Playing with a Hairbrush and Colors?

Who said play has to be on a playground? Not us! We love playgrounds, of course, but play is also funny and creative and artistic, and did we mention funny?…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 9, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

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