LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansans are jumping on the bandwagon with the Pokémon Go craze.
“This week we began embracing a new game, Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that allows smartphone and tablet users to search for and collect virtual Pokémon characters. So far we have seen numerous characters along with Pokéstops and other features showing up in Arkansas State Parks,” said in a news release issued on Friday by Arkansas State Parks officials.
“We are very excited about greeting players who may not have visited a state park recently and encourage them to come on out and enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann in the release.
As part of the news release, Arkansas State Parks officials asked visitors to remember that the agency is tasked with their safety plus the preservation of our natural, cultural and historical resources. With those things in mind visitors are asked to please be respectful of the following:
- Before going to a park, check the park hours. Park hours are available online at www.ArkansasStateParks.com. Entering a park outside of those hours can constitute trespassing.
- Please stay on marked trails and pathways while in the park. Walking off trail can be dangerous and can upset delicate ecosystems we are tasked with protecting.
- If your search takes you on trails, make sure to carry water and wear proper hiking shoes.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. While looking at the screen on your electronic device, you may not be able to see uneven footing, “real” wildlife on the trail, other hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, or other potential hazards near the trail.
- Please be respectful of solemn areas of the park such as cemeteries, monuments, and museums.
- Visitors come to the parks for many reasons. Please respect each other and don’t disturb others in the park.
- While you’re visiting, take in the sights and sounds of your Arkansas State Parks.
To add to the fun, Arkansas State Parks invites players to tag their Pokémon Go photos or any photos taken in the parks with #ARStateParks. Some of the posts will be featured on its social media or website.
Arkansas State Parks has a history of embracing the latest technology to encourage Arkansans and others to visit their state parks. Park staff stays connected to visitors through various social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The ArkansasStateParks.com website uses the latest design features to make it usable on most computer, smartphone, and tablet platforms.
In 2008, Arkansas State Parks began the ParkCache Program which placed geocaches in all 52 state parks and created a challenge of finding all of them to get clues to find a 53rd geocache and a prize. Click here to find out more.
In related news, the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has released a map of Burns Park for Pokémon fans. Click here to see the maps on the NLR CVB Facebook page.