Knight Foundation, Downtown Akron Partnership bring back Pokémon GO in the 330 Aug. 25

August 17, 2018

Knight Foundation, Downtown Akron Partnership bring back Pokémon GO in the 330 Aug. 25

AKRON, Ohio - Downtown Akron Partnership and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are bringing Pokémon GO in the 330 back to Akron this month, to help people connect with their city.

Participants can check in beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Cascade Plaza on Main Street. The one-day event will feature a downtown scavenger hunt, performances by local musicians and other activities. Public spaces will provide charging stations and seating.

The event will conclude at 5:30 p.m. with a free screening of “Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You,” at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Check the Eventbrite site for more information about the screening.

The Knight Foundation has a multi-year partnership with Niantic, Pokemon Go’s developer and publisher, to explore how the interactive game might support vibrant public life and foster connections between residents in Akron and other Knight cities, including, Charlotte, North Carolina, San Jose, California and Philadelphia.

Fostering civic engagement is among the Knight Foundation’s top goals in its work in the eight cities where the Knight brothers once published newspapers, with Akron their flagship paper, and 18 cities with community foundations.

Launched in Akron last year, Pokémon GO brought hundreds of Akronites and visitors together in the downtown corridor using augmented-reality, the hallmark of the mobile game.

“Pokémon GO has the unique ability to bring residents and technology out of the living room and into communities,” said Knight’s Akron Program Director Kyle Kutuchief in a news release. “We’re excited to showcase the vibrancy of downtown, connect residents and further spark public life in Akron by incorporating Pokémon GO in this city-led event.”

This year, with an increased number of PokéStops on a map of Akron retailers and downtown destinations, players will be able to find and catch Pokémon, as well as trade Pokémon with other players.

In addition to the Pokémon-related programming, players are encouraged to check out other activities that weekend, including free admission to Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival’s evening performance of Troy Roberts Nu-Jive and Sean Jones Quartet at Lock 3.

Downtown Akron Partnership’s website offers a listing of all the activities happening in downtown Akron.

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