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Yes. Play in a City Is Good for the Entire City



Everyone is talking about attracting "Millennials" to Atlanta to help build a vibrant, creativity-based economy, but what about keeping (aka sustaining) that population as they grow and have families? They don't stop being creative and good for the city when they have children, they become MORE interested than ever in having a great place to live. It's just…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments

Teens Still Want to Play

Chastain Park teens talk about how they like to play in this raw footage. The male voice offering advice from off-camera is former ABC News correspondent Al Dale, father of Summer Dale. The young ladies from L-R: Summer Dale, Ana Dodys, Reeves, Trivette.

Everyone complains about teenagers so much that we forget they are still kids.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Creativity and Play - Simply Inseparable

My grandson, the artist, at work

My four-year-old grandson loves to draw the wind with pink and green crayons. When I first noticed this I asked him to tell me what those squiggly little lines on his paper were. He stopped drawing and looked closely into…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Atlanta Could/Should Be More Bikeable and Walkable

Recent street scene at Serenbe.

Are you old enough to remember the days when every child in your neighborhood had a bike and you knew which bike belonged to which kid?

With apologies to my former, younger self who is now cringing in horror and…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Don't Forget to Bring Some Junk to Play With!

Take a few minutes to watch a fun little film on play and called "Play". It is from our friends at Play Wales who are quite brilliant when it comes to all things play. (Click on the picture to get the video to play.) 

There is a "concept" of play called "loose parts play," that basically means that kids…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 18, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Looking Back and Looking Beyond

Click on this picture to go to the AJC article.

Tomorrow morning will bring an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Play Atlanta and yours truly. It signals the beginning of a refreshed and recharged agenda…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

ATOP Is Now PLAY ATLANTA!

We have great plans ahead for doing our part to create a more child-friendly environment for children in the City of Atlanta. There is no better place to start that effort than to strengthen our focus on just how playful our city is and what we can all do to make it a better and safer place for our children to…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Play Is Valuable and Powerful All By Itself

Grandson Wyatt at play

Without fail the picture gracing the place of honor on my iPhone is of one or more of my grandchildren doing what kids under five do best - playing just for…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Declaration on the Importance of Play

Did you ever wonder WHY play was important? The International Play Association has just released their Declaration on the Importance of Play. IPA President Theresa Casey says,

“It has never been more…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Spring Into Action-Help Get West End Kids an Imagination Playground!

An Imagination Playground in Action at Atlanta's Bethune Elementary School

We need to raise $1,000 this week to ship an Imagination Playground to…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 28, 2015 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

This is the BEST DAY EVER! Snow Day 2015

Photo: Lianne Epstein Deren

Today is supposed to be SNOW DAY 2015 in Atlanta. So far, the white stuff has yet to materialize, but most schools are still closed just in case. That means a lot of kids are hanging out at home. I hope…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Trauma in Childhood Leads to a Lifetime of Disease and Worse-What If You Add Play

   (click on the photo to launch Dr. Burke Harris' TEDmed Talk)

For several years as I have worked with children in traumatic circumstances - from those suffering from chronic disease, to…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 18, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Atlanta Will Be Extraordinary

These 21 swings line a Montreal street every year, and they make beautiful music when they move (click on the picture to see the video.) That's the kind of thing that can make a place special. 

Atlanta needs to be special. Not, "Wow, you wouldn't believe all the stuff you can buy here" special, but "Wow, when you're in Atlanta you can just feel the care that goes into everything. It's like…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

At Serenbe You Can Learn A Lot from Children If You Listen and Watch

If you talk to grownups who work in the field of play you will soon discover who they go to when they need real information ...kids. Turns out they know a lot about play (even though many don't get to play too much any more). Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with some very creative and very…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

2015: The NEW Play Atlanta is Coming!

‘People who grow up in a city that cared for them are more likely to care for their city.’

An interview with Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 28, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Why is Atlanta Lagging in Attracting Graduates?

Check out the New York Times article on cities that are attracting graduates who, in turn, attract business.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Look at Them Looking

"Look at them, looking," he once urged me as we watched some children draw- and then he added, "their eyes meeting the world." He wished that schools, especially, would take the child as artist more seriously: "A youngster drawing is a youngster thinking, a youngster telling you a…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Creative Atlantans Needed to Build Playgrounds

Next week the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) will launch the Atlanta Playmaker Registry. Everywhere I go people say they want playgrounds that don't look like they came out of a catalogue, don't cost a fortune, could be something they make themselves, are more artistic, and that really feel like their…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Atlanta, Commit to Being a GREAT Child Friendly City

Click on photo to see the swings in action.

There is a street in Montreal that makes people happy. On that street are 21 swings or 21 Balançoires designed by a group of…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 23, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Heartbreak Hill (Peachtree) Here We Come!!

An artist in Bristol England used play to create an amazing experience for the town. Tens of thousands of people applied to be able to make a run down the slippery slide built down one of the city's main streets. Only 350 or so were selected. This looks like SO much fun.

I think Atlanta should do this in the midst of the hot, hot summer and then…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 8, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

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FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes

 

FIND A PLAYGROUND!!

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Playworks 2010-2011 PLAYBOOK

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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