All Blog Posts Tagged 'atop' (11)

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…


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

A Dream Almost Realized

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 the huge National Parks and Recreation Association…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Atlanta Named Playful City USA for Fifth Consecutive Year

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 activities for improving the lives of our children. Creating…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 5, 2011 at 7:39am — No Comments

Delta's SKY Magazine Highlights Play

Delta Airlines highlights play in an article by the same name in the July 2011 issue of Sky Magazine. The magazine, which saluted the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) in the August 2010 issue, seems to understand the importance of play and we're…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 4, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Teens Want a Place to Play, Too

Do kids outgrow playgrounds, or do playgrounds not keep up with the kids as they grow? I really think it's the latter.
This video was taken at a recent Playground Design Day event at Chastain Park playground in Atlanta. It is unedited and I think I'll leave it that way. The male voice in the background is a former ABC News correspondent advising his daughter,…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 29, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Great Atlanta Play Day

Saturday, September 25, 2010 was the Great Atlanta Play Day. Atlanta's City Council encouraged everyone to get outside and play on a beautiful Georgia day. All over the country, KaBOOM!-inspired play days were held on the same day. Here are some terrific pictures posted on the KaBOOM! website.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 5, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Atlanta Named Playful City USA for 4th Consecutive Year



Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 31, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Great Day for Play in Atlanta

(George Dusenbury, newly appointed Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for the City of Atlanta, on the Great Atlanta Play Day, with Cynthia Gentry, Founder of the Atlanta

Taskforce on Play).

It's a great day for play in Atlanta as new Mayor Kasim Reed announced the appointment of George Dusenbury, Executive Director of Park…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 24, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Could Play Be the World's Common Language?

These children from the Acholi Quarter in Uganda spent their afternoon yesterday drawing pictures for the Playable Kids International Design Competition. They are lovely pictures and we are so happy to have them be a part of Playable Kids.

Children all around the world have been excited by the request to draw what play feels like to them and it has me…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 6, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Kind of Playground Unleashes Creativity and Fun

I've waited (and worked) for two years to take these pictures!

Happy faces were everywhere as the children played

Others were pretty excited, too. The Atlanta Public School System proudly blogged about the exciting and fun-filled opening day of the Imagination Playground in a Box.

The IPB was…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Delta Sky Magazine Salutes ATOP

We were so pleased to hear that Delta's Sky Magazine highlighted the Atlanta Taskforce on Play in their September issue in a section called "Delta Salutes" (p.145). More and more people are coming to understand the importance of play and the effect it has on our children. We salute Delta for getting the word out. Thanks,… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 29, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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