Pokemon Go is the latest video game craze. It seems like everyone is doing it. But some neighbors in the northwest valley have complained that players are swarming to Lone Mountain Discovery Park at all hours of the night.
Those homeowners say some late night players are raising too much of a racket, doing drugs and bringing in crime.
The park is supposed to close at 10 p.m. but neighbors say Pokemon Go players are chasing Pikachu all night.
Neighbors complain late-night Pokemon -Go players are chasing Pikachu into the wee hours. pic.twitter.com/mUZFqJyiIl
— Christopher King (@ChrisKTNV) October 6, 2016
Neighbors on Wednesday night met with Clark County commissioner Larry Brown.
“I’m sure most of the game users are law-abiding, practical people,” Brown said, adding however, a handful of night players are causing problems. “People parking illegally in the middle of the road, people stopping in the middle of the roadway, people urinating on block walls, people leaving trash behind.”
Neighbor Jennifer Paulin doesn’t mind people playing the game at a reasonable hour. She just wants them to clear out of the park when it’s supposed to close.
“Night is when a lot of bad things happen,” Paulin said.
Paulin worries the presence of late night players could attract more dangerous activity.
“It brings in the drugs. It brings in the bad people. You never know who’s going to be doing drugs when they’re playing Pokemon Go,” she said.
However, players like Kenyatta Robinson say some private homeowners are trying to restrict the public’s right to the park.
“Pokemon players are being targeted, are being blamed for things that have nothing to do with Pokemon. It is catering to a minority of homeowners who feel the park is their private domain,” Robinson said.
Some neighbors are demanding the county put up more signs telling people when the park closes, police kick people out of the park at 10 and a fence put up to lock out the late night players.
Brown said he’s working to put up more signs that clearly state when the park closes and working with police to enforce the 10 p.m. closing time.