As some tell Pokemon Go players to stay away, Greenfield church encourages ‘trainers’ to come play!

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GREENFIELD -- Some are saying "stay away" to players of the popular new Pokemon Go video game for smartphones -- which has surpassed 7.5 million users less than a week after its release, but there's a spot in the Milwaukee area that's actually encouraging Pokemon hunters to come play!

Along Milwaukee's lakefront, mixed in with the runners and bicyclists, have been crowds of people glued to their phones. Pokemon Go has surged in popularity since its release on July 6th.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

"I just caught one! A water one!" a player said.

"This is the first game where they really told all the gamers to just go outside," Mandinderjit Singh said.

In the game, virtual creatures are superimposed into the real world using your camera and augmented reality. It has players exploring their real-life neighborhoods to capture Pokemon creatures.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

"I just like the adventure," Singh said.

The game takes people all over, and uses GPS to guide them.

The Ridge Community Church

The Ridge Community Church

"We looked at it as a great opportunity to connect with the community," Caleb Rogers with The Ridge Community Church.

Officials with The Ridge Community Church are encouraging Poke Trainers, as players are called, to come to the campus, which is a "Pokestop."

On Thursday evening, July 14th, The Ridge will welcome players to the campus to coincide with a brand new Thursday night Happy Hour event, featuring a meal, beverages, games and a service.

Any trainer that stops by The Ridge will be offered a FREE Pokemon collectible!

The Ridge officials are asking trainers to post a selfie using #RidgePokeStop to spread the word, and they'll host a "Lure Module" Thursday evening to ensure everyone has a great time gaming.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

The event at the church begins at 6:00 p.m.

"We just hope it`s a fun time to connect with the community," Rogers said.

While those at The Ridge are inviting trainers to play the game at their church -- there are others who are asking that players stay away.

"It's not appropriate to play Pokemon in a national cemetery," Gary Kunich with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center said.

Wood National Cemetery

Wood National Cemetery

Though it may be tempting to find Pokemon hiding at Wood National Cemetery, officials with the Milwaukee VA are asking players to stay away.

"The cemetery is sacred and hallowed ground. A lot of people come there to visit their loved ones," Kunich said.

Wood National Cemetery

Wood National Cemetery

The Milwaukee VA joins the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, which have also issued appeals for players to avoid hunting Pokemon on their sites.

"Playing Pokemon Go in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism is extremely inappropriate," said Andy Hollinger, director of communications at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in a statement sent to CNNMoney.

"We are attempting to have the Museum removed from the game," the statement said.

Arlington, the burial ground for the nation's war dead, tweeted out a somber request: "We do not consider playing 'Pokemon Go' to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity."

Pokemon Go has a link set up for people to report sensitive locations and contact on its website.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

Other hallowed locations where Pokemon have reportedly been spotted include the Auschwitz museum in Poland, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and monuments in national parks.

Pawel Sawikci, a spokesman for the Auschwitz Memorial, told CNNMoney that he wasn't familiar with the game, but has seen screenshots posted to Twitter of the use of Pokemon Go in Holocaust memorials.

He wrote in a direct message to CNNMoney that creating Pokestops in memorials is "absolutely inappropriate."

"We hope that the authors of the game will take this into consideration and remove such sensitive places like the Memorial from the game," he added.

According to a statement from The Pokemon Company International and Niantic -- the creators of Pokemon Go -- Pokestops and gyms in the app are found at publicly accessible places. That includes historical markers, public art installations, museums, monuments -- and apparently churches.

A representative of The Pokémon Company International declined to comment on specific Pokestops, the Pokestop mapping strategies, or on the site removal process.

But Samara Hutman, executive director at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, said the removal process appears to be swift. She said it took about an hour for the museum to be removed as a hotspot.

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