The Leesburg Police Department released the following statement today.
"TOWN EXTENDS PARK HOURS TO ACCOMDATE POKÉMON GO GAME
There seems to be many places in and around the Town of Leesburg that are "hotspots" for the popular Pokémon Go game. Many of these spots include the Town Parks. In an effort to accommodate players of this game, the Town of Leesburg has extended several park hours from Dawn until 10:00 PM. These parks are Ida Lee Park (60 Ida Lee Drive), Georgetown Park (221 South King Street), and Raflo Park (345 Harrison Street). It is also important to note that all other Town Parks are CLOSED at dusk. This includes the W&OD trail. We have been seeing players in the parks as late as 2:00 AM. Persons found on Town Park property after hours are considered trespassing and can be charged under Virginia Code.
The police department encourages all users to practice safe playing techniques and always be aware of your surroundings. We have witnessed players with their faces buried in their smartphones walking out into traffic, not using crosswalks, and generally walking aimlessly around unaware of other pedestrians or motor vehicles.
Here are some helpful safety tips to keep in mind:
• The best way to catch Pokémon is on foot but be sure to look both ways before crossing the street.
• Take care of our Parks and Pokestops and do not litter. Your fellow trainers and Pokémon will thank you.
• Be courteous of those around you that are using the parks for running, walking, biking, or other physical activities.
• Avoid suspicious locations. If you are hunting at night be aware of your surroundings.
The police department recognizes that it is exciting when you come across those rare characters and have a chance to catch them, but please remain cognizant of your surroundings. Please do not attempt to drive a motor vehicle and play the game at the same time."