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Parks' first escape room opens

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A father and son in Sherwood Park have started a new business that is bringing a popular activity to the county.

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Escape Legends, located near the law courts on Chippewa Road, opened its doors on Thursday, June 10. It is offering residents a chance to try to test their deduction and problem-solving skills with Sherwood Park’s first escape room.

“We’ve got a few bookings so far into the weekend but we have nothing big planned. We’re going to be doing our grand opening later on once COVID eases a bit,” explained Halen Knoll, part-owner, and general manager of Escape Legends.

Knoll said it has been a challenging year trying to get the escape room open.

“During the first half of the pandemic, we were getting everything together and ready but for the last four or five months we’ve just been waiting to be allowed to open,” he said. “We’ve been trying to save as much money as we can over the last while just to survive so we can open.”

Escape Legends, which is family owned and operated, has space for four escape rooms and Halen Knoll, part-owner and general manager of Escape Legends, said they have two ready to be booked for opening. Photo Supplied
Knoll said it was tough and expensive to sit and wait to be allowed to open but now that they have finally opened their doors, he is excited to bring the experience to Sherwood Park.

“My dad (Tyson Knoll) and I have been to every single escape room in Edmonton. We just love escape rooms. We decided that we wanted to open our own in Sherwood Park because we just really like escape rooms,” he noted.

Escape Legends, which is family-owned and operated, has space for four escape rooms and Knoll said they have two ready to be booked for opening.
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“One of our themes is the Titanic room. You are in a simulated Titanic and you have to solve the puzzles and try to minimize the damage to the ship and lower the lifeboats. It is our most booked room so far,” Knoll said. “The other room is the D.B. Cooper room. He was a famous airplane hijacker who hijacked a plane, stolen a bunch of money and then disappeared and it is based on the true story. Your goal is to find where the money went.”

The escape room is next to the law courts on Chippewa Road and Halen Knoll, part-owner and general manager of Escape Legends, said it has been a challenging year trying to get the escape room open. Photo Supplied
The business owner said once they start seeing those two rooms booked up they will start adding the two final escape rooms. Those could include fantasy, horror or science fiction but no final decisions have been made.

“It will be a very fun experience. Escape Rooms are so much fun because you get to solve puzzles and find clues and try to get the goal or escape,” Knoll said. “We can have two to eight people in our rooms. There isn’t really any other restrictions on us other than occupancy and that allows us to have 18 people at the location, which means two full groups of eight.”

Each escape room costs $28 per person, $17 for youth, and participants will have 50 minutes to solve the clues.

“If you win you get the satisfaction of getting out and if you beat groups that have previously gone you get your name and picture on the leader board. You can also take a picture with our failed or succeeded sign.”

Knoll said he is excited to be open and expects to be busy with not only interested residents taking part in the escape room fun but also businesses utilizing the team-building aspect.
“We expect a big part of our business will be corporate bookings and team building where corporations will bring our their team members and do an escape room together,” he said.
You can find out more about the locally owned company you can visit escapelegends.ca.
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