JCB Providing Machines for First Construction-Themed Adventure Park in U.S. | Construction News

JCB will provide JCB equipment for the development of the first construction-themed adventure park in the U.S. The new park, Diggerland USA, will allow kids and families to drive, ride, and operate heavy machinery in a safe environment. 

Diggerland USA will be situated on a 14-acre site directly behind the current Sahara Sam’s Oasis located in West Berlin, N.J.. The ground-breaking took place on March 11, 2014, with Brandon Moore, general manager of Sahara Sam’s and Diggerland USA, operating an 18,000-lb. JCB 4CX backhoe supplied by local JCB dealer Farm-Rite.

This backhoe will be among 35 JCB machines featured at Diggerland USA after it opens. Other machines include a 220 LC excavator, eight 135 skid steer loaders, and a variety of JCB backhoe loaders, telescopic handlers, and mini excavators. Machines will be modified as necessary to offer children easier, safer operation.

The first Diggerland opened in Kent, UK in April 2000 with three additional UK locations opening since."JCB has played a key role in Diggerland’s continued success by providing the parks with specialized equipment that gives many children their first hands-on experience with the construction industry,” said Thom Peebles, vice president of marketing for JCB North America. “Now, we’re very pleased to help Diggerland successfully bring its unique brand of fun and educational entertainment to children and their families right here in the United States.”

The park is scheduled to be opened in the summer of 2014.