No Pokemon at all in the woods in a public park . There's even pokestops in there. Seems like all the action is downtown. Edit: other public parks are showing up as dark green on the map. I'll try one of those.
Impressions Edit: Played a bunch today. I'm level 7. I don't know if I like it yet. The never ending turf war of Ingress never appealed to me and the Pokemon battles are super simplified.
AFAIK, you can only battle at gyms, which are already seeing Pokemon exceeding 1000CP in my town. I think they might be a good way to gain experience, but they've always bugged out if I managed to take a Pokemon down, so who knows.
I think it's good that challengers have an advantage, otherwise the top players would keep leveling off each other while lower levels players couldn't. At least you can use 6 to take down one and get some experience. Once I get a team of decent 'mons, I may find more enjoyment.
On a positive note, I love how the same Pokemon show up for everyone. Definitely potential for a more social game. There was a Gloom at my parents' house, I informed my sister, she opened the app and got one too.
Another impressions edit: Now that lag is a bit less of an issue, I capped a couple gyms and can see how this game can be fun. It's about holding gyms and building a balanced gym team with strangers.