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"Dear Mr. President, We Need a New Playground!"

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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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments


International Play…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 1, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

"Summer's Treehouse" To Be Built in Memory of Chastain Park Teen


"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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 17, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Wall Street Journal Cites Play Chastain's Innovation

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2012 at 12:53am — No Comments

Kids Playing With Fire...A Good Thing??

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Does a Child Have the Right to Play?

A cloud of the most frequently used words in the Convention on the Rights of the Child


In 1989/90, the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 15, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

What Do You Mean "Go Play In the Street"?

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 11, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Playground Rises in the Heart of Downtown Atlanta

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 14, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Something To Consider

"A city that has no room for the child is a diabolical thing."

 Aldo van Eyck

Look around the City of Atlanta.  Are we making room for our children? Are we thinking of children when we design shiny, hip and splashy mixed-use…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 12, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Playable Design Competition Winner is Being Installed At Last!

At long last, our Playable10 International Design Competition winner is arriving at its new home! Installation of the winning design begins Saturday morning (June 23, 2012) in downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park. The play structure will be unveiled…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 23, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Exploring the Path to a New Playground

Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 1, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

What Do People Want/Need to Know About Play?

On June 6th-8th we're putting on an exhibit about play, natural play, and the Chastain Park playground project. It will be at the Chastain Arts Center's City Gallery from 9am - 5pm each day, and on Thursday evening (6/7/12) from 6PM until…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 26, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Cardboard Box + Kid + Scissors = WOW!

Even if you've already seen this, it is worth watching again.

Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 23, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments

This Guy Gets It!

“Play will be to the 21st century what work was to the industrial age—our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value.”   - Cultural commentator Pat Kane

(from the Museum of Modern Art press release on the upcoming exhibit the Century of the Child)

Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 21, 2012 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Big City + Play + Nature = HiPlay

I am obsessed with what I am calling "HiPlay" (for lack of a better name). HiPlay could be the answer to overgrown cities with no place to play. The idea comes from the new "agro-housing" or "sustainable housing" trend in the world of architecture. This picture is the winning design in…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 29, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments

If You've Ever Had A Kid or Been A Kid....

Do you know the Chastain Park Playground? We're working with the Natural Learning Initiative to create an amazing, natural, beautiful playground. Please help us by filling out this survey to let us know your thoughts about what…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Play! Play! Play!

What if children's education opened them up to the passion, talent, and joy inside their hearts and minds? What if?

Tonight I saw a wonderful story on Sixty MInutes about a symphony in Kinshasa in Congo. The musicians played and sang with such joy. It seemed that most came to music very late and thanks only to the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 8, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments

A Jewel of a Forest in South Atlanta Celebrates

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, National Wildlife Federation, and the U.S. Forest Service invite Metro Atlanta families and friends to celebrate Southwest Atlanta’s urban forests at the 6th-Annual Urban Forestry Festival at the Outdoor Activity Center in SW Atlanta.

The festival is…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 2, 2012 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Cardboard Boxes Unlock Imaginations

Who would ever guess that cardboard boxes could transform a playground into a downhill slalom, a giant cupcake, and a technicolor miss-mash-mansion. We did; or at least, we hoped they would.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 28, 2012 at 12:07am — No Comments

But, It's Just a Cardboard Box!

This Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10:00am until noon children from around the Chastain Park area are going to be faced with a stack of folded up corrugated boxes, tape, and paints, and will be told to "Go for it!"  I wonder what they will do on this Fort-building…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 22, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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