This swing hangs from a treehouse overlooking the Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador. Can you imagine what it must be like to soar out over the volcano with no safely belt - just you and a rope swing? It's kind of funny because when I was a kid nobody had ever heard of a safety belt. Of…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 9, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments
I hope you enjoy this uplifting and fun video made by the International Play Association. It was created to celebrate the adoption of the General Comment on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. That's a fancy way to say that the UN is making it a priority to let everyone know all children everywhere have the right to play! Check it out!
Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments
Geneva, Switzerland - The launch event for the General Comment on article 31
It has been a wild ride the past several months as a group of friends (board members of the International Play Association) have worked day and night to prepare a launch to celebrate the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Please make a point to read this vitally important article by Peter Gray, "Children are Suffering a Severe Deficit of Play," from Aeon Magazine and from his new book.
On Sunday I leave for a week long trip to Baltimore,…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 18, 2013 at 1:41pm — No Comments
I hear it was an amazing weekend in downtown Atlanta. The streets were closed off for bicycles, and play, and poetry, and families, and fun. How many major cities have a playground right in the heart of downtown? Atlanta does! And, it looks like the saying, "If you build it they will…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2013 at 8:16pm — No Comments
I grew up in the 60s in an Atlanta neighborhood called Hanover West. It was very much a classic "Leave It To Beaver" type place. Moms stayed at home. Dads went to work. Kids went to school or played outside. You knew everybody's dog and parents' car. You knew the best trees to climb, the best…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 3, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments
Seven years ago we made this video for the City of Atlanta's entry into the national competition with KaBOOM!, the playground non-profit organization. Not only did we come in first place, but, more importantly, we continue to focus on creating play opportunities for the children of Atlanta.
Recently, Atlanta became one of only a handful of cities to…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 11, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments
At long last there is a reality TV show that I want to watch, Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet (Premiere - Friday, May 31 at 10PM EST). It is about Washington state-based Pete Nelson and his team of treehouse builders. There was an article in the New…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 30, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments
Happy Mothers' Day to all those Moms who don't get upset when they find the dining room chairs upside down and covered…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 12, 2013 at 1:22pm — No Comments
By Cynthia Gentry, Founder & Executive Director, Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP)
Atlanta, GA April 5, 2013
We are so proud that in their April 2013 edition Atlanta Magazine named ATOP's Woodruff Park Playground the #1 thing that every Atlantan (and hopefully visitors, too) must…Continue
A few notes:
1.) PlayAtlanta.org has been under attack by spammers. They are trying to gain access to website members so they can email current members. If you have received spam from anyone that is a member of PlayAtlanta.org please let me know ASAP. For now, we are doing the best we can to catch them before they bother you.
2.) Spring is here, but you wouldn't know it from walking out the door. The cherry tree blossoms in our front yard tell me that warmer weather…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 27, 2013 at 6:52am — No Comments
Sign up today for the annual Park Pride Conference. It is always fascinating and inspiring, and this year deals with the effect of play on a healthy community. Also, Park Pride awarded an ATOP project, Play Chastain, with the first-ever Legacy Award of $100,000 for the amazing treehouse soon to be installed in the park. Thank you Park Pride. See you at the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 12, 2013 at 3:31pm — No Comments
Chastain Park resident, 10-year-old Leland Jones, wrote the President of the United States of America asking for new playground equipment for Chastain Park. According to…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments
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"Summer's Treehouse" will be built in Play Chastain in memory of 16-year-old Chastain Park neighbor Summer Dale who died from cancer on November 11, 2012. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today has an…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 17, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Innovations in play have gone mainstream!
The Tuesday, November 20, 2012 edition of The Wall Street Journal highlights Atlanta's ambitious new Play Chastain project as a leading example of the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2012 at 12:53am — No Comments
Back by popular demand. (Originally posted August 2009)
The other night, during a neighborhood yard party, the kids started a fire and I was pretty happy about it. Really!
Fire is a dangerous and potentially fatal force, but it is undeniably mesmerizing to kids. They all seem to play with matches at one time or another, and that easily strikes fear in the heart of every parent. So, I was shocked to read a while ago that fire was an…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
A cloud of the most frequently used words in the Convention on the Rights of the Child
In 1989/90, the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 15, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
In early August, Play Scotland shut down a major street in city of Edinburgh, Scotland so that children would have a place to play. In spite of a little rain, there was a great turn out and great fun to be had with the simplest of things like sand…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 11, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
Bank of America volunteers ready theWoodruff Park playground for the big day.
On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed will unveil a playground in the most surprising of places - downtown…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 14, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments