Pokémon trainers rejoice after council extends hours at some parks

Medford, Ore. — The Medford city council is making it a bit easier for Pokémon trainers to “catch ’em all”. In a unanimous decision the council voted to keep two Medford parks open until midnight.

According to local police a lot of people were entering public parks after 10:30 in an effort to catch the fictional creatures.

Pokémon trainers tell NBC5 News they are thrilled with the change.

“It’s great cause a lot of people come out during nighttime to catch specific Pokémon,” Katharine MacKay says, “because at nighttime you can ghost types or poison types.”

The pilot program will allow residents to use Alba Park and Pear Blossom Park until midnight. The provision will be in place until at least September 1st.


Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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