PokeNic in the Park! Mitchell Park to host free Pokemon-themed event Saturday, July 23

MILWAUKEE -- Are you playing Pokemon Go? Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that the Parks Department will offer a "PokeNic," a free Pokemon-themed event taking place in Mitchell Park on Saturday, July 23rd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

According to a press release from Milwaukee County Parks, the free event, hosted at 524 S. Layton Boulevard, will let families play the "augmented reality" game Pokemon Go, and participate in a variety of picnic-type activities with a Pokemon twist.

Just outside the Mitchell Park Domes, there are eight "PokeStops" for players to stock up on free, virtual supplies such as Pokeballs.

To be sure there will be plenty of Pokemon in front of the Domes, and the nearby sunken garden area, lure modules will be launched every half hour. The lures will attract a plethora of Pokemon for players to catch. Then, a beacon will appear on players' phones to alert them to a new location where creatures have gathered.

“Several of our parks are PokéStops,” Abele said. “We love that this game is getting people outside and active in the parks. Play safe and stay tuned for more Pokémon-themed events in your parks!”

In addition to playing the hottest new app, families can enjoy photo-ops and Pokemon-themed games. Folks are invited to participate in the Poliwag Water Balloon Toss, PokeEgg Race, and a scavenger hunt.

Coloring sheets featuring Mystic, Valor, and Instinct teams will also be available at the PokeNic.

You may bring your own snacks, beverages, and picnic lunches.