Pokemon Go has quickly become one of the most popular games in the Midlands and far beyond, and local governments are taking steps to make players welcome.
The West Columbia Police Department is inviting players to the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater every Monday. The park, which usually closes at dusk, will remain open until 10 p.m. on Mondays for the next several months, and lures will be set to attract more Pokemon for those out to catch them all. Call 803-794-0721 for more information.
In Columbia, the city’s Parks & Recreation Department will host several Pokémon GO meetups for trainers of all ages beginning Friday at Riverfront Park, and Historic Columbia is getting in on the action with the first-ever Pokémon Go in the Gardens event.
Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Robert Mills House & Gardens at 1616 Blanding Street, lures will be set up at Pokéstops around the site. Players are encouraged to grab a screenshot of a Pokémon on the HC grounds and get a voucher for 50% off of a historic house tour. At the event, players will be eligible to enter to win two free tickets to the upcoming Happy Hour at Robert Mills Water Balloon Battle to be held on Friday, Aug. 19. This is a free event. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information.
“Pokémon Go is a great tool to use to encourage the public to play outdoors, be active, meet new people, and learn about the cultural and historical history of our parks,” said Randy Davis, Director of the City’s Parks & Recreation Department. “We hope the game will lead to an increase awareness of all the features and history our parks have to offer.”
The Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to visit various parks to play as a group or individually. Players are encouraged to wear their team colors.
Park rangers will be available and on site to discuss the PokéStops, which provide players with a variety of items including eggs, Poké Balls and can be equipped with lures that attract wildPokémon. The PokéStops can be historical or cultural markers and landmarks.
Pokémon GO in the Parks (Fridays)
Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St.
Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway
Charles R. Drew Wellness Center green space, 2101 Walker Solomon Way
South East Park, 951 Hazelwood Rd.
Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Featured image courtesy of Chess Schmidt via City of West Columbia