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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

Playable Art DC is OPEN!

So excited to finally have Playable Art DC underway. Right now we are looking for 3 perfect sites to place the winning entries. Tell any creative people you know about the competition. It will be open for designs in early June. Let the fun…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 22, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments

How To Prepare Your Child for a Great Future

Recent issue of PlayRights, the magazine of the International Play Association

I am struck by how the things I love to do today are so reminiscent of how I played as a child. When I was a little girl I would always get the kids in the…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Perfect for My Backyard!

You can always find something inspiring on the PlayScapes blog by Paige Johnson. I saw this today and thought this must certainly be the perfect solution for a sand pit for our grandchildren in our…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 17, 2013 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Vroom With a View

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 9, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Today is UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY

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

A World Wakes Up to Play

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Message on Education is CLEAR!

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,…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 18, 2013 at 1:41pm — No Comments

We're Going to the A.T.L.!

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2013 at 8:16pm — No Comments

What Does YOUR Play Map Look Like?

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 3, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

Atlanta Named Playful City USA for 7th Year in a Row

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 11, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Treehouse TV

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 30, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Happy Mothers' Day

Happy Mothers' Day to all the Moms out there who take their children to the playground after school or after work, even when they'd give anything to just go home and relax for a while.

Happy Mothers' Day to all those Moms who don't get upset when they find the dining room chairs upside down and covered…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 12, 2013 at 1:22pm — No Comments

ATOP's Woodruff Park Playground Named #1

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 5, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

ATOP Updates

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 27, 2013 at 6:52am — No Comments

Come to the Always Inspiring Park Pride Annual Conference

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 12, 2013 at 3:31pm — No Comments

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