Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm.
Pokémon GO is a mobile game that was released for iOS and Android July 5. The game uses augmented reality so, via a phone’s camera, the Pokémon appears wherever someone is playing. Once found the player flicks a Poké Ball to capture it, in hopes to catch ‘em all.
Jean Heasley, assistant director of Mustang Parks and Recreation, said it’s great people are getting out and walking.
“Even if they’re looking at their phones, they’re getting out to walk with people and getting physical exercise,” Heasley said.
Heasley said she’s noticed a lot more people at the park and it maybe even increased traffic at concession at the Aquatic Center.
Although there has been more people at the park, there haven’t been more people at any events because they haven’t had anything people would see and stop by for, Heasley said, but she thinks Pack the Park on July 25 will have more attendees due to the game.
Police Chief Chuck Foley said the Pokémon GO craze just sounds like Geocaching, where people hide objects for others to find using GPS on a smart phone. Geocaches were previously left in parking lots and even a tree in Mustang, in which the department was called to investigate the “suspicious items.”
Foley said Pokémon GO just gives the department something else to be aware of.
Heasley said people obviously shouldn’t drive and play, but the game is not the reason to be careful.
“People should always be careful whenever they’re out walking and always be aware of their surroundings,” Heasley said.
Captain Jim Davis said he doesn’t know much about the game and the police department hasn’t had too many issues with it besides people being in parks after they close.
Although children under 18 in Mustang have a curfew of midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on weekends, Wildhorse Park closes at 11 p.m. and all other city parks close at 10 p.m., according to City Ordinance 1109.
“Even if they’re playing a game, we’re not going to allow people to violate the city ordinance,” Davis said.
No one is allowed in the parks past closing and no one under 18 is allowed outside anywhere in Mustang past curfew, with some exceptions for late-night jobs or if they’re with a parent.