• Virgil Shipley/News
  • Virgil Shipley/News Young visitors at the Escape Zone enjoy a few rounds of billiards, foosball and ping pong in one of the activity rooms on Friday in the new and improved location for The Escape Zone Ministries.
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News

MOUNT VERNON — The Escape Zone is adjusting well to the new location on 1 Mansfield Ave., and is looking for volunteers to help out with, supervise, and fulfill the position of positive role models in the lives of their ever expanding number of young people.

The old location was not as accommodating as the new one and, along with limited space impeding the numbers of young people coming in, being open only one night a week also put a damper on the aspirations of the ministry to expand and reach out to the youth of the community.

“We weren’t open as much before. We were only open one night a week and that was it. So we had buildings not being utilized very much at all,” Escape Zone Board President Terry Walter said.

Now that the new facilities are open, the rooms will be filled with multitudes of people all week and weekend. Weekend hours are Friday, 7-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 7-11 p.m.

Weekday hours are currently being fleshed out with basketball league currently scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on Monday nights and Roller Derby Girls from 7:45-10 p.m. on Thursday nights. Also, the Escape Zone hopes to improve its average of 73-75 kids a week from the last location on South Main Street.

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Chase Strawser: 740-397-5333 or chase@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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