Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5212 The Summer of PokéMoN Go! It’s a common sight at any given time on a sum- mer day to see a dozen residents walking or enjoying the sunshine at Greer City Park. When that number suddenly tripled in July, it was evident that 2016’s fad, Pokémon Go!, had arrived in the City of Greer. Players of all ages navigated the park grounds following their mobile phones and the app that promised the lure of Pikachu, Charizard and Squirtle. City Park proved to be the local epicenter for gamers this summer. With nine Pokéstops and three gyms, the park drew multitudes of players from across the Upstate who searched for rare Pokémon and re- plenished their supplies before dueling other players for control of the Greer City Hall Gym. The hit game made its way into such city program- ming as National Night Out, during which lures were continually placed at Pokéstops in the park so players could capture new Pokémon characters and supplies. The city also used that opportunity to distribute safety tips to educate both adults and children about the game and potential dangers. Lighted safety reflec- tors were one of the free items given out to keep players safer after dark. The city’s Pokémon offer- ings introduced visitors to more than animated characters. “ B e c a u s e Pokéstops are lo- cated at points of interest and include a photo of the location in the game, players automatically become more familiar with local landmarks,” communications manager Steve Ow- ens said. “The game also took them around Greer Sta- tion where they discovered restaurants and other retail stores. I believe they’ll keep coming back long after the Pokémon craze has passed.” Members of the Young family hunt Pokémon in Greer City Park as part of National Nigh Out activities.