All Blog Posts Tagged 'play' (123)

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…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2013 at 8:16pm — No Comments

What Does YOUR Play Map Look Like?

I grew up in the 60s in an Atlanta neighborhood called Hanover West. It was very much a classic "Leave It To Beaver" type place. Moms stayed at home. Dads went to work. Kids went to school or played outside. You knew everybody's dog and parents' car. You knew the best trees to climb, the best…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 3, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

Atlanta Named Playful City USA for 7th Year in a Row

Seven years ago we made this video for the City of Atlanta's entry into the national competition with KaBOOM!, the playground non-profit organization. Not only did we come in first place, but, more importantly, we continue to focus on creating play opportunities for the children of Atlanta. 

Recently, Atlanta became one of only a handful of cities to…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 11, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Happy Mothers' Day

Happy Mothers' Day to all the Moms out there who take their children to the playground after school or after work, even when they'd give anything to just go home and relax for a while.

Happy Mothers' Day to all those Moms who don't get upset when they find the dining room chairs upside down and covered…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 12, 2013 at 1:22pm — 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

ATOP Updates

A few notes:

1.) has been under attack by spammers. They are trying to gain access to website  members so they can email current members. If you have received spam from anyone that is a member of please let me know ASAP. For now, we are doing the best we can to catch them before they bother you.

2.) Spring is here, but you wouldn't know it from walking out the door. The cherry tree blossoms in our front yard tell me that warmer weather…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 27, 2013 at 6:52am — 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

"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


International Play…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 1, 2013 at 10:30pm — 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…


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

The Wall Street Journal Cites Play Chastain's Innovation

Innovations in play have gone mainstream!

The Tuesday, November 20, 2012 edition of The Wall Street Journal highlights Atlanta's ambitious new Play Chastain project as a leading example of the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2012 at 12:53am — No Comments

Does a Child Have the Right to Play?

A cloud of the most frequently used words in the Convention on the Rights of the Child


In 1989/90, the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 15, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

What Do You Mean "Go Play In the Street"?

In early August, Play Scotland shut down a major street in city of Edinburgh, Scotland  so that children would have a place to play. In spite of a little rain, there was a great turn out and great fun to be had with the simplest of things like sand…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 11, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Something To Consider

"A city that has no room for the child is a diabolical thing."

 Aldo van Eyck

Look around the City of Atlanta.  Are we making room for our children? Are we thinking of children when we design shiny, hip and splashy mixed-use…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 12, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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…


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

Cardboard Box + Kid + Scissors = WOW!

Even if you've already seen this, it is worth watching again.

Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 23, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments

This Guy Gets It!

“Play will be to the 21st century what work was to the industrial age—our dominant way of knowing, doing and creating value.”   - Cultural commentator Pat Kane

(from the Museum of Modern Art press release on the upcoming exhibit the Century of the Child)

Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 21, 2012 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Big City + Play + Nature = HiPlay

I am obsessed with what I am calling "HiPlay" (for lack of a better name). HiPlay could be the answer to overgrown cities with no place to play. The idea comes from the new "agro-housing" or "sustainable housing" trend in the world of architecture. This picture is the winning design in…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 29, 2012 at 9:29am — 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…


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



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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