Is Pokémon Go going too far in Bellevue?

By: Alison Grande

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Is Pokémon Go going too far? Some residents who live across from Bellevue Downtown Park think so.

Pokémon players are flocking to the popular park at all hours of the day and night.

Photo is screenshot from a video by 'MarkTube' on Youtube.

The park is supposed to close at 11 p.m., but it isn't. Hundreds of people playing Pokémon are roaming in packs. Some players told KIRO 7 they stayed in the park until 3 a.m. some days.

The game has residents calling police to complain about the noise at the park. Police are responding to players who aren't using common sense, filling the road near the park to chase Pokémon.

Fences were knocked down at the park last week when a crowd was determined to get a Pokémon inside the closed off area.

The park is under major construction and fences are set up to divide the part of the park that is open from that which is closed. A photo was posted on Reddit about the incident.  KIRO 7 talked to a player who watched the crowd pick up the fencing after it was knocked down.

The park itself showing signs of popularity, the grass is worn to dirt in many places. 

So why is Bellevue Downtown Park the place to play? Players of all ages told KIRO 7 one reason it is so popular is there are so many PokéStops inside the park.

The more people who come to the park to play, the more Pokémon appear. The game lets players to place "lures" that attract Pokémon and allow all players to benefit. The water feature in the park means water and land Pokémon are ready to be caught.  It is also a good place to find rare Pokémon.

Players traveled from Tacoma and Silverdale to play in the park Monday afternoon. 

A KIRO 7 crew watched the crowd move together from one side of the park to another.  The park is advertised on Reddit, Facebook , and Trip Advisor as the place to play.

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