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 enough without grown-ups getting in there and mucking up the works by saying it has to result in something edifying. Leave it alone and it will. Let the children play and great things will happen. And, let's make more places all over Atlanta where children are welcomed and invited to play. It will help make our city great by making the lives of our children joyous.
The annual Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference is coming up soon on Monday, March 21st at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This year's theme is Parks and Play: A Conversation for All Ages. There are fantastic speakers that will show how much more there is to designing for a playful city than just opening a catalog and pointing (not that there's anything wrong with that). AND, did you know you can design for play all over the city away from the playground?
Take a look at the conference schedule and get your tickets today. Join in to help take Atlanta to a new level of "great place to live"!
(A special thanks to Michael Halicki of Park Pride for the awesome photograph I call, "Child in Free Flight"!)