New Vegas Toy: Sandbox for Adults

Failed construction boom makes it possible

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 2, 2011 2:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Should you need further proof that Vegas is a playground for adults, consider the city's new toy: a sandbox for grown-ups. The new draw across from the Vegas Strip lets visitor plunk down money (as much as $750) to play with construction equipment such as excavators and bulldozers, reports AP. "I thought it would be much clunkier, and the lighter you are with the controls, the easier it worked," said a tourist in from California, who dug a trench and moved tires during her two hours behind the controls.

The "Dig This" site actually fits right in to the landscape given the number of stalled construction projects nearby. The city's casino building boom crashed in 2008 and has yet to recover.

Instructor Ruben Segura directs Daniel De La Garza of Austin, Texas, at picking up a basketball with an excavator in Vegas.
Instructor Ruben Segura directs Daniel De La Garza of Austin, Texas, at picking up a basketball with an excavator in Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Grayson Cox, of Austin, Texas, works on the controls of an excavator.
Grayson Cox, of Austin, Texas, works on the controls of an excavator.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Instructor Ruben Segura directs Daniel De La Garza of Austin, Texas, at picking up a basketball with an excavator.
Instructor Ruben Segura directs Daniel De La Garza of Austin, Texas, at picking up a basketball with an excavator.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Daniel De La Garza dumps dirt while digging holes with an excavator in Las Vegas.
Daniel De La Garza dumps dirt while digging holes with an excavator in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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