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Urban Play Quest: London, Day 5

Venture Centre

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

London, England

The Adventure Playground at the Venture Centre is dotted with these colorful figures painted by the children.

Behind the playground construction is a slide coming off of the roof. Kids climb up the caged… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 3, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: London, Day 4

London Eye

I admit I never got around to taking a ride on the London Eye, but I bet the views are terrific.

Many thanks to Dr. Ute Navidi of London Play for spending so much time with me. I learned more in that afternoon than I have in a long time. Thank you, Ute, for the generous gift of your… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 3, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: London, Day 3

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

Kensington Gardens

The Princess Diana playground was recommended by every person who made a recommendation for this trip, and they were so right! It is based on the theme of the Peter Pan story. It was stunning. Fun, unique, mysterious, magical, beautifully (but not stuffily) landscaped. At one point I was brought close to tears it was so wonderful. I arrived before any children were let in.… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 3, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: Paris, Day 5

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris France

I travel all the way to Paris and where do I end up but at the place I started. Everyone has been telling me about their favorite playground at Jardin du Luxembourg. So I go there today and what do I see but "My" fire engine from the Cunard Memorial Playground in Virginia-Highland in Atlanta, the project that got me hooked on playgrounds in the first place. Sometimes something tells you you're in the… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 24, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: Paris, Day 4

Parc de la Villette, Paris, France

The climbing, sliding dragon is temporarily closed for restoration. I hope to return some day if they let grown-ups up there.

Parc de la Villette is a sprawling 136 acre park in north east Paris. Just over 20 years old, the park was built on what was a run-down area of slaughterhouses and warehouses. Now it is home to a giant dragon slide, ziplines, unique play structures, giant air mattresses, huge… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 23, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: Paris, Day 3

Jardin d' Acclimatation, in west Paris

I can hear parents all over Atlanta freaking out at this picture! It's every bit as tall as it looks and the kids were happy and proud as they reached new heights. The parents were cool, calm and collected and didn't seem the least bit worried. The children stayed at their own comfort level and moved up when they were ready. It was great to watch.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 22, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: Paris, Day 2

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 (Paris, France)

This is "Laocoon" by French sculptor, Etienne Bossut at the Musee du Rodin. Looks like it belongs on a playground to me!

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 21, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Urban Play Quest: Paris, Day 1

Monday, 10.20.08 (Paris, France):

Arrived in Paris today on a quest for playground inspiration. We've got 5 days of non-stop play hunting here starting tomorrow morning in the Jardin du Luxembourg. I already love that park from a grown-up's point of view. Looking forward to seeing it with different eyes. Miniature sail boats, merry-go-round, interesting play… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 20, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Play Goes to the Hospital

One of the Great Atlanta Play Day activities that I am most excited about is the "Camp To Go" event that Camp Twin Lakes held at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Below is a note describing the wonderful day! Thanks so much to Camp Twin Lakes for being a part of a very playful day in Atlanta!

Hi all!

Camp To Go this past Saturday at Egleston was a great success! We set up the (now)… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 6, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments


Saturday, 9.27.08: Play Day was a wonderful success all over Atlanta. We started small our first year and were thrilled by the feedback from those who participated. We are already planning for next year's Great Atlanta Play Day on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Play Day press conference with Councilmember Kwanza Hall, Councilmember Mary Norwood, Commissioner Dianne Harnell Cohen and others…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 27, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Don't Tell the Kids - Play Is Good for Them

Don't Tell the Kids: Play Is Good For Them

Vegetables, a good night's sleep....and play?

If play were a pill the pharmaceutical company holding the patent would be printing money. How much would you pay for a pill that made your child less likely to become obese, suffer less from ADHD symptoms, develop improved socialization skills, become a better assessor of risk, think more creatively, break out into spontaneous bouts of laughter, and be generally healthier… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 26, 2008 at 9:46am — No Comments

Welcome to the home of ATOP, The Atlanta Taskforce on Play

Welcome to, the new online home of the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP), a non-profit organization dedicated to making certain every Atlanta child has easy access to fun, beautiful , creative and spirit-soaring playspaces.

Over the coming months this blog will describe great play spots around Atlanta, innovations in playspace design, “play voids” that need to be filled, Play Champions doing great work, and the Great Atlanta Play Day and Backyard Campout. But, I’d like… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 1, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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