Town Receives Pokémon Go Grant for Shikaoi Park

Posted On Thursday April 01, 2021

Shikaoi Park is now home to a new resident. A statue of Pikachu, the most notable of all Pokémon, has been added to the Japanese-styled garden outside Town Hall. The statue will also host a new PokéStop and Gym to be added later this month.

 Pokémon GO is a free “augmented reality” game for iOS and Android smart devices. Players must physically move around the real world in order to capture Pokémon (short for pocket monsters), a series of fantastical creatures from the ever-popular video game/collectible card game/anime franchise of the same name.

 “Pikachu is a natural fit for Shikaoi Park,” says Mayor William Choy. “As an avid player, I am thrilled and look forward to this new statue bringing more people to the stop and helping our resident gamers stay active.” Mayor Choy continues, “We added several stops to our murals in 2016 and this will serve to strengthen community ties IRL. Receiving this grant and statue will be a tremendous boost for Pokémon players in Stony Plain and the surrounding area.”

“We have an incredibly active Pokémon GO community here in Town, and we even get visitors who come to Stony Plain for our PokéStops,” says Town Manager Tom Goulden. “Some of our most active local Pokémon GO Trainers Terovingian, DaddyPancham, and DorkyDad19 were unavailable for comment due to their current pursuit of Legendary Pokémon Tornadus.”

 The grant came as a surprise as the Town beat out several other Canadian communities for the honour of being the second site to host such a statue. The first statue was erected in New Orleans in 2016.

 You can visit Pikachu at 4905-51 Avenue. For more information, visit www.stonyplain.com/pikachu.