All Blog Posts Tagged 'parks' (8)

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

I'm Flying...FLYING!!

So THAT is what it feels like to fly! To be Peter Pan or Tinker Bell, or a Red-Tailed Hawk or a ring-tailed lemur... 

Still think play is trivial? Something relegated to "down time"? Do you think there has to be a reason to play - an outcome? What if we just let kids play? Play, just for play's sake, is more than good…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 3, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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

I'm Not Too Old for Play. You?

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 16, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments

Atlanta Named Playful City USA for 4th Consecutive Year



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

100 Degrees in Gwinnett County

It was a scorcher all up and down the East Coast today, so what would be better than hitting the pool? Well, actually getting in the pool would have done it, but taking a tour of the famed Gwinnett Parks sights was pretty good too.

This is the shallow end of an pool at Rhodes Jordan Park. It's so shallow kids don't have to have learned how to swim…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 8, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

New CDC Report Shows Georgia Falls Short on Recess and Parks

A new CDC report issued today reveals that Atlanta is not the only part of Georgia that needs parks and recess.

(Atlanta's "No Play Zones")

The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 shows that:

- only 9.5% of…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — 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

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Watch this video to see why play matters!! 

Aqui esta en Español: 

FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes



Click for the Find a Playground app to put on your phone.

Playworks 2010-2011 PLAYBOOK

Pretty much everything you ever needed to know about play.

And, of course, KaBOOM! Find a playground, plan a Play Day, how to build a playground, and much, much more.

Playgroundology, an emerging social science. 


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Ethan's grandmother gave him a gift of $25. He gave $20 to ATOP so more Atlanta kids will have great places to play. He kept $5 to get something cool for himself. We think Ethan is pretty cool!

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