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
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
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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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 26, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 2, 2012 at 3:45pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 28, 2012 at 12:07am — No Comments
At the end of Playable10 International Design Competition we had a winning design, a playable "ATL" by Canadian talent Jeff Santos, and a beautiful site at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta thanks to a partnership with Central Atlanta Progress. Bank of America donated the $25,000 budgeted for the build. We were ready.
There was still one little…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 6, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
The red, dancing ATLs hint at the big design about to be revealed
At long last, the winning design in the Playable10 International Design Competition has been built and was unveiled on November 1, 2011 at…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 is a huge day for the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP). There's a big surprise being unveiled at the National Recreation and Parks Assn. conference, and it's something we've been working on for years. Here's how it all started:
In 2003, I built my first…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments
If you are going to be at NRPA, come learn from the master, Robin Moore! Monday October 31st. I can't…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 21, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has announced “The City of Atlanta is extremely proud to be named ‘Playful City USA’ for the fifth consecutive year. Atlanta will continue to lead the way in offering physical alternatives and recreational…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 5, 2011 at 7:39am — No Comments
Check out this great event from our friends at the National Wildlife Federation. It's called Hike & Seek and it's happening at Piedmont Park on October 15, 2011 at 9:00 am.
We would like…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 30, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I remember going to buy shoes in Baltimore at age 3. I entered the store via a SLIDE!!
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 6, 2011 at 7:37am — No Comments
So you're out and about and the kids want to play, but you don't know what playgrounds are nearby. What do you do? Well, of course, you guessed it....there's an app for that.
For years our friends at KaBOOM! have been compiling information (including maps, ratings, pictures, reviews, amenities, etc.) on playgrounds in Atlanta and all around the country and have…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 2, 2011 at 8:35pm — No Comments
There is an article in this month's Garden Design Magazine about an ancient "Chapel Oak" in the tiny French farming village of Allouville-Bellfosse in Upper Normany. The tree holds two tiny…Continue
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I find it very, very encouraging that this is the woman who designs playgrounds for the City of Atlanta's Parks Department. Pat Katz (who will probably never speak to me again for posting this!) has not lost the playful spirit one hopes a playground designer still has. Recently Pat and I spent a little time…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 16, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments