Pokemon Go leads to nighttime invasion at Meijer Gardens


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A popular daytime attraction in West Michigan has become a nighttime hot spot for Pokemon Go players.

A spokesperson for Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park said Wednesday they’ve encountered more people trying to sneak onto the garden grounds overnight since the debut of the Pokemon Go smartphone app. Security guards have caught a few groups over the past few nights and escorted them out.

“Not all of our areas are well lit. We’ve got ponds, we’ve got rocky paths so it’s guest safety number one. Number two we do have a priceless collection of art so we don’t know if people are there to play Pokemon or look at our sculpture collection after hours which can be an issue for us,” said Public Relations Manager John VanderHaagen.

VanderHaagen said security guards have been instructed to be extra vigilant. Anyone who attempts to enter Frederik Meijer Gardens after business hours will be asked to leave; if they refuse, police will be called.

“Our security team has reported some difficulties with groups trying to sneak in after hours and we would just ask that people respect our open hours,” said VanderHaagen.

VanderHaagen said Pokemon Go players are welcome during normal operating hours. Frederik Meijer Gardens is open until 5 p.m. most days except for Tuesdays when they are open until 9 p.m.

Frederik Meijer Gardens is a game hot spot, with more than 20 sculptures featured as Pokestops and three “gyms” on the garden property.

Screenshots of Pokemon Go at Fredrick Meijer Gardens.

————–Online:Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

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