Released July 6th 2016, Pokémon GO is a hot new app that is taking over the world. Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company. It encourages players to get outside and walk by using GPS to guide players to Pokémon and Pokéstops so that they can collect, evolve, and battle with their Pokémon. Popular with young children, teens, and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore Waynesboro Parks.
Waynesboro Parks are loaded with Pokéstops, which are places where players can receive items in the game like Poké Balls, Pokémon eggs, and other items. Each of Waynesboro’s five parks offer plenty to do while you’re there. As a bonus, four of the parks are located along the Waynesboro Water Trail, a trail formed by the South River that links city neighborhoods, streets, parks, and downtown. The Waynesboro Water Trail map can be downloaded from www.visitwaynesboro.net.
Many Pokémon GO players have discovered that parks are great places for both Pokéstops and hunting for Pokémon and Ridgeview Park is no exception. So we made it our first stop of the day. The park has numerous Pokéstops including,
- War Memorial Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Soccer Fields
- Ball Fields
Additionally, Ridgeview Park offers a shallow river for wading & enjoying the numerous water fowl, an old iron foot bridge, and shady walking trails.
We were able to catch Rattata at Ridgeview Park in the grassy area between the Playground and the South River.
Coyner Springs Park was the only park on our tour that was not along the Water Trail, but it is well worth the trip. A rustic, 145-acre park, it is not unusual to share the fresh country air with numerous wildlife such as red-tailed hawks, woodpeckers, squirrels, fox, and even a deer or two. This serene park has a picnic area, several nature trails, a leash-free dog park, a 9-hole disc golf course, and is a great setting for activities like kite flying and walking/ jogging.
The park also serves as a Pokéstop where we were able to replenish our stock of Pokéballs.
The Greenway Trail is a level, paved 0.8-mile trail follows the lovely South River. Kids can ride bikes and scooters, while adults amble. Birds, groundhogs, and geese often make appearances. If you would like to paddle the river instead canoes and kayaks can be rented from Rockfish Gap Outfitters. Constitution Park is also home to the Waynesboro’s Farmers Market, numerous soccer activities, and two shelters (while the Main Street Bridge is under construction, access to some parts of the park is not permitted, please adhere to all signs). This site is also designated as one of Virginia’s few Urban Trout Fisheries.
At one end of the park you will find the Soapbox Derby sculpture. This is designated as a Pokémon gym. Gyms are places in the game where players can battle each other’s Pokémon for possession of the gym. There are also quite a few Pokéstops in and around the park.
You won’t have to go far to find your Pokéstop here because the sign itself is the stop. This 14-acre park is bordered by the South River. North Park offers something for everyone from picnicing, youth baseball, basketball, and a new playground. There are also plenty of opportunities for Pokémon hunting here.
The western boundary of this 18-acre park is the South River where anglers of all ages may test their skill fishing for bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout. In addition to fishing, the park provides a nice setting for picnics and softball. Basic Park has a newly renovated picnic shelter and also a softball field where adult softball leagues and tournaments can frequently be seen in play. If you’re looking for a Pokéstop look no further than the park’s shelter. We found quite a few Pokémon and Pokémon hunters during our visit to this park.
We mention Silk Road not because it is a park or a Pokéstop, but because we found this location to be great for Pokémon hunting! It also helps that it is a fabulous place to cool off between Pokéstops and enjoy a delicious meal.
A few friendly suggestions:
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Enjoy your surroundings beyond the game!
- Be considerate of businesses and residences along your path.