June 2009 Blog Posts (4)

13 & 14 Year Olds Enjoying a Playground?

Paris, France Today I saw something amazing in the backyard of Notre Dame: teenagers playing on a playground!

They took turns sitting on a roundabout and all worked together spinning. One by one someone would jump off and another would take his place. These kids today were cool AND they were having fun. A couple of weeks ago my 13-year-old step daughter said she wished there was some place cool to hangout besides the mall because it was getting… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2009 at 5:13pm — No Comments

The Campers are in the New Treehouse!

The new wheelchair-accessible treehouse at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA is open and the sounds of kids drumming waft across the lake.

Click on the yellow title above to open up the picture album.

The kids are really enjoying this amazing structure that took two years and a lot of dreams and sweat to build. Kudos to architect Amy Leathers from Lord, Aeck & Sargent for her brilliant design.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 5, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Noguchi Playscape Restored and Reopened

On May 1, 1976, the Noguchi Playscape opened in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Over 30 years later on June 1, 2009, the beautiful playground reopened after years of arduous planning and restoration work. -- The Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) designed many important playgrounds in his career, but this one was the only one built during his lifetime. It is not only an important piece of art, but a fun place where Atlanta's children have… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 3, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Atlanta's Playful City USA Mayor Honored

Shirley Franklin Honored by KaBOOM! as Mayor of Playful City USA

(l-r: Mayor Shirley Franklin, ATOP's Cynthia Gentry, and Dianne Harnell Cohen, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs)

On June 1, 2009, Atlanta's Mayor Shirley Franklin was given KaBOOM!'s Playful City USA 2008 trophy. It was presented by Cynthia Gentry, Founding Director of the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP). Also present was Dianne Harnell… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 3, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

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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. 


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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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