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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…

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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…

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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…

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

A Jewel of a Forest in South Atlanta Celebrates

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, National Wildlife Federation, and the U.S. Forest Service invite Metro Atlanta families and friends to celebrate Southwest Atlanta’s urban forests at the 6th-Annual Urban Forestry Festival at the Outdoor Activity Center in SW Atlanta.

The festival is…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 2, 2012 at 3:45pm — 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.…

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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…

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

KID CAM AT PLAY

Remember?

This is a wonderful video shot in a New York CIty playground by a five-year-old in the act of playing. Apparently Mom strapped an iPod Touch to her and let her go. It's wonderful, in spite of the little bump in the road along the way. Enjoy!

(Thanks to Tim Gill for finding…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 13, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Ahhhhhhhh.....brrrrrrrrr....

I'll have to dig and find out who built this. Beautiful, isn't it? How fun to snuggle up in front of the window with  a battery operated heater of some kind nearby (is there such a thing that wouldn't spark flames?), popcorn, thermal underwear, those sub-zero sleeping bags, hot chocolate.... I bet the view is…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 12, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

Wait. Play at School Is a Good Thing?

This is one of the best videos I've seen that clearly shows the importance of natural play at schools. Take a look. It is from my friends at School Grounds UK. Maybe we can get something going in Atlanta to improve our playgrounds AND increase the amount of time students get to go outside and play during the day. I don't know what it is going to take to convince…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

Conference on Play - Worth the Trip

I'll be heading over to Clemson University again this year for the annual Conference on the Value of Play put on by the US Play Coalition, of which ATOP is a proud member. I am particularly excited about the focus on playwork this year. There aren't many playworkers in the US and I hope with a little awareness and education that will…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:22am — No Comments

10 Steps to an Amazing Playground

So many people ask me what makes a good playground. Here are 10 points, each worthy of it's own post (or book chapter). My favorite, of course, is number 6. Oh, when you have number 6 you've really got something!

A wonderful playground is……..

  1. Designed to enhance its setting
  2. Located in the best possible place
  3. Close to nature
  4. Designed so that children can play in different ways
  5. Geared towards encouraging disabled and able-bodied children…
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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 27, 2012 at 5:36am — No Comments

The Wonder Years of Middle Childhood

There is an article in today's New York Times called "Now We Are 6: Middle Childhood in Focus."  The article focuses on the extraordinary…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 27, 2011 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

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…

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

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Glamis, Bernard + Penny!

Bernard Spiegal of PLAYLINK on Glamis Adventure Playground from Little Creatures Films on Vimeo.

 

It's Thanksgiving morning and I'm a little under the weather, so I'm curled up in bed feeling somewhat wistful and…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 24, 2011 at 8:20am — 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…

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

First a Crazy Idea....and Now This!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 is a huge day for the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP). There's a big surprise being unveiled at the National Recreation and Parks Assn. conference, and it's something we've been working on for years. Here's how it all started:

 

In 2003, I built my first…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Guy Who Actually Wrote the Book!

If you are going to be at NRPA, come learn from the master, Robin Moore! Monday October 31st. I can't…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 21, 2011 at 8:24am — 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…

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

GREAT PLAY RESOURCES

FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes

 

FIND A PLAYGROUND!!

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

Playworks 2010-2011 PLAYBOOK

Great information on Nature Deficit Disorder

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. 

Play Champions of the Year

There just aren't enough words to thank the folks at Landscape Structures for all they are doing to make creative play happen for the children of Atlanta. 

LSI took the new playground at Woodruff Park off of the drawing board and made it come alive. They made the PlayChastain Exploratorium happen for the families and children of north Atlanta. 

Landscape Structures has gone above and beyond and their efforts are greatly appreciated. 

Congratulations to LSI, ATOP's Play Champions of the Year 2012! 

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