The Mayor of Calgary, Alberta Canada has released this video about the International Play Association Triennial Conference which will be in Calgary in September 2017. He gets it!! He really gets it!! For almost six years I have had the honor of sitting on the Board of IPA World and am thrilled that the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 26, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Is Atlanta ready for a new old kind of playground? What if we did an experiment in which we tried out an adventure playground like they did at Governor's Island in New York? This is an incredible idea whose time came, went and is back again! Think about it.…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
I just stumbled upon an article I wrote for the Saporta Report earlier this year before Park Pride's annual Parks and Greenspace Conference. The conference had the theme of Parks and Play: A Conversation for All Ages and it was fantastic.
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 6, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments
by Guest Blogger Lianne Epstein Deren
Recently I had the delightful and rewarding experience of attending Park…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments
As you could see in my previous post we have had a grand new playground open up in our neighborhood. It was the brain child of Chastain Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Jay Smith. It has been a long road - over four years, in fact - to get this gargantuan task completed and one had to wonder how Jay kept the vision alive through all the ups and downs, and…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
PARKS AND PLAY!! IS THE THEME
Monday, March 21, 2016 (all day)
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
It is incredibly exciting and promising that the big annual Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference has Parks and Play : A Conversation for All Ages as its topic this year.…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 15, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments
This blog from Public Workshop's Alex Gilliam is worth sharing here even if Atlanta's Snowmageddon only yielded drifts of 1/16th of an inch. (Hear…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Tiny doors are appearing in the most unexpected places.
Little sprinkles of fairy dust and wonder have been cropping up over Atlanta for the past year or so in the shape of tiny . The magicians making it happen are highlighted in an article on ARTSatl.com today. Anything that brings wonder to human hearts of any and all…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
‘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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 28, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Click on photo to see the swings in action.Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 23, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 8, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — 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