Most likely the cause is the new game called “Pokemon Go”. Pokemon Go is alive and kicking here in Bellvista and Bells Reach!
BeCA called on some of the younger residents for an explanation so read on to find out all about Pokemon Go and how it affects where we live …..
What is Pokemon GO?
Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed for iOS and Android phones and released in July 2016. In the game, players use a mobile device’s GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. The game has been widely applauded for getting youth to be more active, as the game requires players to “walk” in order to collect Pokemon, hatch eggs and progress through the game.
So you may have noticed more teenagers or families out and about in our local area, or walking along your street glued to their mobile phone. (And even some very strange driver behaviour, slowing down in the street for no obvious reason or sitting in the car at night outside your house!).
You can catch Pokemon all over the estate, but this is usually a quick activity and players don’t need to hang around long for. On the other hand, there are Pokestops and Pokegyms, both requiring more time for players to perform tasks.
Here’s a quick guide to the hotspots for Pokemon GO activity in Bells Reach and Bellvista.
These stops are places players can pick up free supplies to help in the game. They re-fresh about every 5 minutes. Special Lure modules can be placed in the stops to “lure” Pokemon to the location, so players may pass by very briefly to collect supplies, or hang out in the vicinity for 30 minutes while their lure is active. If they are accessible by car, often people will slow down at these points to quickly claim items, then drive straight off.
Our local Pokestops are located at (also see map):
Lomond Crescent, at the bus stop (Canavan Gracie Recreational Park sign)
Lomond Crescent/Rawson Street, behind Bellvista Tavern (Caloundra Recreational Trail Map)
O’Reilly Drive, opposite Cougal Circuit (O’Reilly Drive sign on Rock Wall)
Corner of Amber Drive & Copper Crescent – (Bells Reach Fitness Park Squid (playground))
Gyms are places where players can train their Pokemon or battle other players. Players will tend to hang out in the vicinity of a gym for longer times trying to claim it for their team colour (Red, Blue or Yellow). Our local gyms are located at:
Gairdner Street, walkway opposite Nebo Street corner (Bellvista Translocation Plaque)
Blue Park/Quinn Park, Bells Reach Drive (Hand Print Wall in the covered BBQ area)
So if you see people hanging around these places, do not worry, they are not up to mischief they are just playing Pokemon GO.