All Blog Posts Tagged 'playgrounds' (10)

Stewardship not Maintenance

A weed is not always a weed. 

It is wonderful that parents, educators, city recreation departments and others are singing the praises of "natural playgrounds" these days. The concept has been growing constantly, especially since the 2008 publication of Richard Louv's book "…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 10, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Inspire Me, Please, Atlanta!

"I'm not annoyed because we are not recreating the past in Atlanta.

I am annoyed because we are not creating a beautiful future."

Pier Six…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 22, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

2015: The NEW Play Atlanta is Coming!

‘People who grow up in a city that cared for them are more likely to care for their city.’

An interview with Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 28, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Creative Atlantans Needed to Build Playgrounds

Next week the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) will launch the Atlanta Playmaker Registry. Everywhere I go people say they want playgrounds that don't look like they came out of a catalogue, don't cost a fortune, could be something they make themselves, are more artistic, and that really feel like their community.

To make that possible, artists, sculptors,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How To Prepare Your Child for a Great Future

Recent issue of PlayRights, the magazine of the International Play Association

I am struck by how the things I love to do today are so reminiscent of how I played as a child. When I was a little girl I would always get the kids in the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments


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 amazing. Oh, and those socks and gloves that heat up would…


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…


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

Find A Playground....On Your Phone!

So you're out and about and the kids want to play, but you don't know what playgrounds are nearby. What do you do? Well, of course, you guessed it....there's an app for that.


For years our friends at KaBOOM! have been compiling information (including maps, ratings, pictures, reviews, amenities, etc.) on playgrounds in Atlanta and all around the country and have…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 2, 2011 at 8:35pm — No Comments

A Little Bit of This + A Little Bit of That

So, I've been goofing off websurfing today and this picture got me thinking of treehouses:

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

This is an installation called The Big Bambu that is being built on the roof of the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 17, 2010 at 5:00pm — 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

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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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