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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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — 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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 11, 2013 at 1:40pm — 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

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

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

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…

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

And the Winner Is......

Jeff Santos, a video game designer from Canada won the first ever Playable10 International Design Competition with his ATL design for Woodruff Park. The competition was sponsored and organized…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

PlayablelO International Design Competition Wraps This Weekend

PlayablelO International Design Competition has been an intriguing and exhausting experience, but I think I can say it has been a success. The idea was to get designers around the world who do not normally think about designing for play to do so. We will end up with a unique playspace… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 5, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

Playable10 Playground in Atlanta Paper

We were so excited to see the upcoming Woodruff Park playground mentioned in an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The playground is an initiative of the Playable10 International Design Competition which is founded and co-organized by the Atlanta Taskforce on Play with Georgia Tech's College of Architecture. The… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Atlanta Named Playful City USA for 4th Consecutive Year

CITY OF ATLANTA…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 31, 2010 at 6:00pm — 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…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 24, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Highlights ATOP Founder

Proponent for Playtime

By Catherine Fox For the AJC

1:20 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2009

It’s recess at Bethune Elementary School. The first-graders file past a big storage locker filled with blue blocks cut in a variety of sizes and shapes. Once given a piece, they repair to the play area. Then all joy breaks loose.



One little girl sticks a long tube into the hole of a… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 18, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Delta Sky Magazine Salutes ATOP



We were so pleased to hear that Delta's Sky Magazine highlighted the Atlanta Taskforce on Play in their September issue in a section called "Delta Salutes" (p.145). More and more people are coming to understand the importance of play and the effect it has on our children. We salute Delta for getting the word out. Thanks,… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 29, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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