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Pokemon Go: Tempe nuisance or harmless fun?

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jul 13, 2016

Love it or hate it, it's hard to miss-- the sight of people playing Pokemon Go, everywhere, at all hours of the day and night.

But in Tempe, some neighbors said the fun and games are becoming a nuisance. 

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, it was 106 degrees. Normally, those temperatures would send anyone running indoors, but not at Tempe Kiwanis Park. 

"Just trying to capture Pokemon-- walk around, find some good spots,” said Zach Gurule, one of several people playing the game.

The Pokemon hunting goes on at all hours. 

"[At] 10:30 last night, and over on the other side of the park, there was probably around at least 150 people just sitting down, chilling. And all around the park there's big groups of people,” said Nick Koester, who also went to the park to play the game.

The complaints have now reached a city council member, who says a neighbor saw about 50 people out at 2 a.m. But he’s not complaining.

"I don't think that's a bad thing. I'm excited about it. I'm glad that people are interacting. I'm glad that people are out in public, and I'm glad that they're developing a sense of community out and about,” Councilman Kolby Granville said.

But of course, Granville says, gamers should use common sense and be mindful of when the park is closed.

Downtown Tempe is also seeing a lot of foot traffic, specifically, from Pokemon Go players. 

"I'm actually down here on Mill Avenue because I heard there's a lot of good Pokémon," Nick Fluegel said.

It seems anywhere you look, someone's hunting for Pokemon, including Cameron Zatz-Kretcker, who was playing while riding his bike down Mill Avenue

"Oh, yeah, yeah. You can go a lot faster, get a lot more,” Zatz-Kretcker said.

Officials are reminding people to have fun, but to play safely.