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To Nervous Parents Everywhere

"You boys, be careful up there!!"

We get it. It is scary letting someone you love take risks...especially risks that might, just might, result in injury.  We are all starting to hear about risk being an important part of becoming a resilient, empowered, thoughtful adult.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 11, 2019 at 7:32am — No Comments

Be Here Now

This morning (mind you it was before I had even gotten out of bed or had my first cup of coffee) I read an article in The Atlantic entitled, The Dangers of Distracted Parenting,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 27, 2018 at 7:09am — No Comments

Beltline Lantern Play Releases Hundreds of Inner Children

Enjoy a brief glimpse of the incredible Lantern Parade held on the Atlanta Beltline. From the creative genius of one woman (Chantelle Ryder) was born a powerful, playful Atlanta tradition.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 26, 2018 at 1:09pm — No Comments

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 since the 2008 publication of Richard Louv's book "…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 10, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 22, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Clean up. Clean up. Everybody do your share!

Park Pride Volunteer Day Volunteers

"Clean up, clean up.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 2, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 7, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Can a Snow Day Show Us Atlanta's Future?

  (Photo: Lianne Epstein)

"Children are a kind of…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 8, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Vote in Favor of Recess

Read it and weep happy tears...

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 15, 2017 at 11:18am — No Comments

Schools + City = Play + Greenspace = Community Transformation


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


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)…


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 IPA.)

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. …


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…


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 comments about the "jungle" in our yard, but that pales to the admiration of the…


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…


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 Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is about as close to…


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.…


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.



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,…


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

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