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A Vote in Favor of Recess

Read it and weep happy tears...

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 15, 2017 at 11:18am — No Comments

Schools + City = Play + Greenspace = Community Transformation

 

Although the participants in last night’s Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum on Greenspace…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 14, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dreams for Atlanta!

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 26, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

An Old Idea Becomes Radically New

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.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Saporta Report: Let’s Talk About Play

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.

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 6, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

Atlanta Shines a Bright Light on Parks and Play

by  Guest Blogger Lianne Epstein Deren

Recently I had the delightful and rewarding experience of attending Park…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

The Bond Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Just a Few More Days!

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.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 15, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments

A Little Snow Learning

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

There's Magic at Your Feet All Over Town

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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — 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

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

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

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

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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