Almost all of us have fancied operating the huge construction machines we see on the way. But the idea takes a backseat fearing the hard work and the safety hazards associated with it.
So, what if construction could be turned into a fun-filled experience?
Texas opened the city's first construction-themed amusement park called Dig World, which offers its visitors the opportunity to ride, drive and operate diggers, dumpers, and other heavy machinery.
Jacob Robinson came up with the idea for Dig World inspired by his young son's love for dump trucks and other construction equipment. The park welcomes both children and adults and can be used for birthday parties, field trips, corporate outings, etc.
The park is situated adjacent to Katy Mills Mall, spanning over an area of 3.5 acres to provide a safe way for operating excavators, skid steers, UTVS (Utility Task Vehicles), and many more.
With the joint efforts of the Texas A&M Department of Construction Science, the park has got informational signs and a curriculum for students on field trips to educate them about construction and inspire them to join the industry.
The country is home to many construction adventure parks, including Diggerland USA in New Jersey, Dig This in Las Vegas, and Extreme Sandbox in Minnesota and North Texas.
As reported by Houston Chronicle, the park opened on the 17th of March but had to shut down due to incomplete machine modifications and a lack of machines for all the visitors. However, Robinson stated that the park would have a re-grand opening soon.
The Dig World website states, "We have worked with mechanics to modify the capabilities of each machine to ensure everyone's safety. We require seat belts to be engaged before any machine operation can occur. The speeds on drivable machines have been governed, and other equipment utilizes hydraulic limitations to reduce total movement."
Robinson hopes to expand Dig World to ten more locations across the country, but the locations are not finalized yet.
The park's other attractions include a gem mining station, yard games, a playground, and a picnic pavilion. The park operates on 2-hour passes and only accepts cashless payments. Tickets cost $24.95, and kids under 32" can get in for free.
The park's mission is to create memorable experiences for families and educate the next generation about construction and all the possibilities that come with this sector.
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