My family has a very personal connection to the project, just as we did with Sahara Sam’s five years ago. Construction has been in my family for many years so it was a natural fit for us to build a construction theme park.” — Ilya Girlya, CEO of Sahara Sam’s and Diggerland USA
West Berlin, NJ, USA — North America’s first-ever construction-themed adventure park will open its doors to the public, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Diggerland USA covers 14 acres of centrally-located land in Camden County, NJ and offers visitors the opportunity to operate heavy machinery in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Once the Diggerland USA gates open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, visitors will have access to 23 on-site attractions, most of which are comprised of modified JCB heavy construction equipment. The rides have been engineered to allow parents and children to safely dig, drive and ride familiar, real-sized construction equipment.
The decision to build the unique park was made by the owners and senior management of the neighboring indoor and outdoor water park, Sahara Sam’s Oasis, who leveraged the blueprint set forth by the four Diggerland parks in the United Kingdom.
“The opportunity to take the concept of a construction theme park and make it our own was very exciting for us,” said Ilya Girlya, CEO of Sahara Sam’s and Diggerland USA.
The Girlya family owns and operates SAMBE General Contracting which is overseeing the construction of Diggerland USA.
Plans for Diggerland USA were officially unveiled just a few months ago in January and since, the park has seen significant progress, particularly this month. Local residents driving down Cooper Road can now see the black-and-yellow Diggerland USA sign with attractions and indoor facilities spanning the landscape behind it.
More notably, however, were the ride equipment deliveries received over the past two weeks that ensure the final touches to the park are completed in time for the grand opening in 40 days.
“Six months ago we returned from the United Kingdom and concurred that this was a project that would be a huge success,” said Chris Peters, Director of PR and Marketing. “The pace at which this park has come together is unheard of. It’s been a remarkable experience working with this team, our partners in the UK, and a 5-star global equipment manufacturer like JCB.”
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