All Blog Posts Tagged 'park' (27)

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.



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 Pride's 15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I was overwhelmed by the hope…


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

Just a Few More Days!


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.…


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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — 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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — 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 come." is true! Fantastic Woodruff Park. (Thanks to Cooper Holland for the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2013 at 8:16pm — 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…


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

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…


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

"Dear Mr. President, We Need a New Playground!"

Photo: Brant Sanderlin (

Chastain Park resident, 10-year-old Leland Jones, wrote the President of the United States of America asking for new playground equipment for Chastain Park. According to…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments

"Summer's Treehouse" To Be Built in Memory of Chastain Park Teen


"Summer's Treehouse" will be built in Play Chastain in memory of 16-year-old Chastain Park neighbor Summer Dale who died from cancer on November 11, 2012. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today has an article on Summer's generous spirit and love for children. Always looking…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 17, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Playable Design Competition Winner is Being Installed At Last!

At long last, our Playable10 International Design Competition winner is arriving at its new home! Installation of the winning design begins Saturday morning (June 23, 2012) in downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park. The play structure will be unveiled by Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed on July 17th. Details to follow,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 23, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Exploring the Path to a New Playground

Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 1, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

What Do People Want/Need to Know About Play?

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 8PM.

The good news is that it is a big, beautiful…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 26, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

If You've Ever Had A Kid or Been A Kid....

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 YOU would like to see in the new playground. If you have ever…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Cardboard Boxes Unlock Imaginations

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.

On Saturday at Chastain Park in north Atlanta…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 28, 2012 at 12:07am — No Comments

But, It's Just a Cardboard Box!

This Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10:00am until noon children from around the Chastain Park area are going to be faced with a stack of folded up corrugated boxes, tape, and paints, and will be told to "Go for it!"  I wonder what they will do on this Fort-building…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 22, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Driving Play Home!

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 6, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

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

Play HIKE & SEEK at Piedmont Park 10/15/11

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 30, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A Peaceful Little Schoolyard (part 2)

Some children like to run and jump, some children like to dig and build, and some children like to sit in a quiet spot and tell stories, or draw, or just talk. This little quiet corner of the Tule Elk Park School in San Francisco is the perfect spot for quiet moments. …


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 22, 2011 at 11:04pm — No Comments

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