This week, news broke that the Milwaukee Parks Department was in a mild turf war with Pokemon Go, sending a letter to Niantic, the company behind the game, about permits for using Lake Park and the rest of the park system. The responses from the Parks Department and the County Executive's office were similar: They like Pokemon Go, and they like people going to our parks, but they'd also appreciate a little more order and responsibility on the company's part for the sake of the parks and surrounding communities.
Today, County Executive Chris Abele released an additional statement in the hopes of clarifying their stance on Pokemon Go and reasoning behind the original letter. It's fairly identical to what his office and the Parks Department said yesterday – just this time, with an incredible amount of puns. We're talking Gene Shalit levels of punnery coming from the "Milwaukee County Exeggutor."
Here's the statement – titled "We WANT You to Pika-choose Milwaukee County Parks" – and if you want, make it a fun game and take a drink at every Pokemon pun:
"I believe strongly that access to public spaces inspires passion for parks as a part of people’s daily lives, helps promote a strong sense of community, and encourages learning and stewardship. From expanding our beer gardens to bringing futsal to Wisconsin, it’s always been our Instinct to enhance Milwaukee County’s award-winning Parks System and create opportunities to welcome more people to our Parks whenever possible.
"That’s why I was discouraged by recent reports that created some confusion around the County’s position on Pokémon GO.
"We’ve enjoyed watching the Pokémon GO phenomenon take off in our County parks. Pokémon GO has brought thousands of new users into our parks at events like our Poke-nic in Mitchell Park and just by visiting Pokestops all throughout the County.
"While these parks visitors new and old are welcome additions, and most are respectful of our shared public space…