Pokémon Go players’ pursuit to catch the Shiny Trapnich was not a welcome sight for a couple getting married Saturday at a Loveland park.
Pokémon fans gathered for October’s Pokémon Go Community Day, an event that provides players an opportunity to catch rare Pokémon, at the same time a wedding was taking place. The culture clash led to a parking shortage and caused the city of remind people to respect park shelter reservations.
Public parks are often a location where players can catch a large number characters in one place, and Loveland’s Benson Sculpture Garden was no different.
A couple had reserved a shelter at the park Saturday for their wedding, but the Pokémon Go event made parking difficult for wedding guests. It was worse than the city’s annual sculpture show event in August, according to the city.
“If you are playing Pokémon Go in Loveland area parks, please observe and respect all park and shelter reservations. Reservations take precedence,” the city officials posted on Facebook. Those planning to participate in large group gatherings have to contact the city to get permission in advance, officials said.
In addition to parking problems, there was another issue, according to the post: “People were walking amidst the area reserved for the wedding and not looking up from their phones (one of our employees saw someone literally run into the wall of the bathroom because they were distracted and not watching where they were going).”
That’s been a typical complaint of the mobile app game, regardless of reservations or location.
But Facebook commenters took exception with the post, saying parking spaces cannot be reserved and that Pokémon Go players were not planning a large group event, rather they were spontaneously going where they could find characters. They also said that signs for the wedding were not clear, and the Pokémon gathering had ended by the time the wedding began.
“Very disappointing to see this garbage accusation on my feed,” one person wrote.
“I wandered into an area still being roped off and some woman snapped at me,” another wrote. “Maybe those signs went up later after I left, but you can hardly blame others in the park for not being psychic.”
Park users beware, however, especially if anyone is planning a wedding between Thursday and Halloween. Pokémon’s annual Halloween adventure, featuring a Shiny Yamask and avatar costumes, runs through Nov. 1.