Pokémon Go needs park permits in Milwaukee County to use park locations

The Milwaukee County Parks Department had a bit of a problem with Pokémon Go last year. It turns out that when you place various locations in a park, people will happily trample all over the park, which is a good thing… until that causes thousands of dollars of damage that costs area taxpayers money. This year, however, the Milwaukee County Board is preparing ahead of time by requiring Niantic to purchase a park permit prior to using any parks as Pokémon locations.

Residents worried about the change need not be concerned, as this is solely targeted at the developers; public use of the parks will remain unaffected, even if you’re playing Pokémon Go and trampling the ground in pursuit of a Lapras. Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not people will be flocking to the parks in such quantities this year anyhow, but the law is still on the books regardless.

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MesaSage

I think some of you missed this line “until that causes thousands of dollars of damage that costs area taxpayers money”. Yes, it’s a public issue when taxpayers are expected to foot the bill for your entertainment and carelessness. Want this to not be an issue? Try respecting public property.

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Jack Pipsam

Seems a bit late doesn’t it?

I mean thousands of people aren’t going to be flooding to parks to play it anymore. I feel like the Pokemon Go craze is over now.

I mean of course people are still playing it, but not nearly in the same kind of swarm as before.

I doubt the developers would pay it, I mean if they do it for there then it sets the groundwork for every council around the globe wanting some kind of payment.

Honestly, one moment people are like “egh video games keeps people inside” and now it’s like “there’s too many people outside!” Screw society.

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styopa

1000 people walk through park staring at their phones don’t need a permit.
1 person walks through park staring at a phone at a SPECIFIC APP, the devs need to pre-pay the city for a permit?
Going to suggest that this wouldn’t float for a second, it’s practically a bill of attainder.

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silverlock

Whats next animal control requiring you to get a license for all your Pokemon?

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McGuffn

This is stupid. There is nothing in the park.

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Nordavind

HAH! Good luck.

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Kurt Shadle

Niantic can’t afford to actually pay this. If they did they would need to hire a LOT more lawyers to deal with the sudden swarm of similar permit demands from countries/countues/cities/towns.

And then there’s the well sure you got a permit in the US to spawn pokemon but our state also requires this separate permit. Oh and btw the county has a different permit and the city/towns own has one of their own as well.

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PurpleCopper

Getting a permit for something that’s physically not even there? That’s never going to happen.

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Sally Bowls

Alas, I don’t play well with others. Thus, I think that in a better world than this one, Nantic would just have all Pokes in the county spawn in city hall and ensure a steady stream of desirable rares in the room during Milwaukee County Board meetings.

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wratts

That would be amazing! I thin you could probably get bit on doing something to impede government work or whatever if it looked like you were deliberately harassing the city though

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Sally Bowls

What a horrible precedent if every tiny village thought they could pass laws to affect internet goods. So every Apple/Google Maps, Zillow, Yelp would have to research tens of thousands of cities to see whether some “remember the children” legislator passed a law asking for money/regulatory hassle.

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Gadgets-4G

And of course with the increase in foot traffic came an increase to the economics of the area which then made an increase in the sales taxes / Parking fines/ etc. Not only is it completely unenforceable but it is also a detriment to their tax base.

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wratts

I seriously doubt this is enforceable. You’ve put a public location on a map, and given people a mild incentive to go there. Does Google Maps have to get a license, does Yelp? If I was Niantic I’d just ignore the law and challenge in court

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KumiKaze

I’m on board with this. While the park is free for public use, the parks department does have a pretty good idea of the normal foot traffic and allocate funds for maintenance and budgets are usually fixed at the beginning of a year, but when things are thrown out of whack maintenance costs go up. It’s not like they are saying they don’t want people to visit the park or play the game in the park, they just want to be able to maintain the park to its proper level.

Lake Park has music in the park throughout the summers. They bring in more people, but this is sponsored by local businesses and the money goes to help maintain the park. It makes sense and I agree with Milwaukee on this.

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silverlock

What a load of nonsense.

OMG!!! Their are six teenagers outside it’s a gang!!!! Call the swat team it’s chaos, death and destruction will follow for sure!!!!! People using the public park for something other then letting their dog take a dump outrageous!!!

The truth is people pay a lot to live next to a park and they don’t want to see the peasants running around in their park.

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Crow

Good. This is a reasonable and logical step to ensure that corporations can not effectively squat public virtual landscapes for profit.

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