City officials ponder Pokemon Go crowding problem
, Political Bureau Chief
First posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 08:37 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, August 08, 2016 08:44 PM EDT
City officials will meet Tuesday to tackle crowding issues at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal which are caused by those playing the wildly popular Pokemon Go.
Large crowds continue to clog the space around the terminal as the city waits for the San Francisco-based developer to address the issue.
In the meantime, staff might have to figure out other options, said Matthew Culter, spokesman for the city’s parks and recreation department.
“We’re re-grouping (Tuesday) down at the ferry terminal to review,” he said. “We’re just trying to understand where we’re at right now and what our next steps are.”
Over the weekend, players continued to gather at the terminal in large numbers in search of Pokemon. The city last week said it was working with the developer of Pokemon Go to delete a series of sites in the game which drew players to the terminal location.
Cutler said members of the operations team that runs the terminal, city maintenance and cleaning staff, and senior parks officials will take part in the meeting.
“At this stage we’re still pursuing a compromise solution with the developer that could see us potentially moving those locations or finding a way to continue game play in the waterfront area that would not have an impact on our services,” he said.
Cutler stressed that city staff are not blaming the “Pokemon Go community” and added that players even pitched in to clean up the park near the terminal on Saturday.
“The parks are meant to be used,” he said. “It’s not any player’s fault that 10 beacons were dropped in one location that just happens to be a high security and high traffic area for us.”
Jason Melo of Toronto plays Pokemon Go at the Jack Layton ferry terminals on Sunday. (JACK BOLAND, Toronto Sun)
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Man killed while playing Pokemon at tourist attraction
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 10:50 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, August 08, 2016 10:57 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO -- A 20-year-old man was shot to death while playing "Pokemon Go" at a tourist attraction along San Francisco's waterfront, authorities and a family friend said.
Calvin Riley was shot Saturday night by an unknown assailant at Aquatic Park near Ghiradelli Square, the U.S. Park Police said Sunday.
A family friend told KGO-TV Riley and a friend were playing the hit mobile game when he was shot.
"From what we know there was no confrontation. There was nothing said back and forth. It was just senseless, just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing," John Kirby said.
Kirby said Riley and his friend had noticed someone watching them from the top of a hill that overlooks the park, but it was dark and they were mostly looking at their cellphones.
National Park Service spokesman Lynn Cullivan said investigators believe there are witnesses to the attack because it happened in the bustling Fisherman's Wharf area. They are seeking tips.
Sgt. Robert Jansing, a detective with the U.S. Park Police, said the gunman did not take any of Riley's belongings or try to rob him.
It's unclear whether the attack had anything to do with "Pokemon Go," which has become a national sensation this summer as legions of fans visit real-world landmarks in order to find and trap cartoon creatures.
But the game's popularity has created unintended consequences in everyday life. Property owners complain of players trespassing or damaging their grounds and scores of players have been injured or robbed as they stare at their phones in search of digital monsters.
Law enforcement officials have warned about the game's possible dangers, saying players can become engrossed in the game and tune out to their surroundings.
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