Experience Red Deer through more than just a game

I came across a rather unusual sight last week as I wandered past City Hall Park on my way to catch the bus. It was about 8 p.m., normally a quiet time for the downtown area as shops have closed, and people are at home enjoying post-dinner activities.

I came across a rather unusual sight last week as I wandered past City Hall Park on my way to catch the bus. It was about 8 p.m., normally a quiet time for the downtown area as shops have closed, and people are at home enjoying post-dinner activities.

But I estimate there were about 40 people wandering the garden. Family groups, teens and young people, couples …

I gaped in confusion. And then it occurred to me that they were playing Pokemon Go. The new app. I admit I know nothing about this new app except for what I heard, that players go out to different locations to collect Pokemon or something. That’s all I know.

It was interesting watching people wander around, eyes glued to their smartphone screens as they were led via GPS to catch their latest prize.

I just have one thing to say about that: Make sure you take the time to stop and appreciate where you are. As you are led on your hunt, stop and enjoy it for a few minutes. Breathe it in. And don’t forget about all the other places that may not be on the list. If you don’t know, ask around! There is so much more to Red Deer than can be listed in this app.

It was a little bittersweet to realize that this time last month, the park was nearly empty as I strolled through on a beautiful evening thinking that people were really missing out. Do we really need an app to get people to these attractions? I hope not. Red Deer can offer a lot if you take the time to find out.

Anna Brandon

Red Deer