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Dallas' newest amusement: A company that lets you play with bulldozers

Dallas' newest amusement: A company that lets you play with bulldozers

Extreme Sandbox
Maybe this will lead to the field of bulldozer operators becoming, like, a buzzy new vocation. Photo by Extreme Sandbox

There's a new entertainment option coming to the Dallas area that's perfect for anyone who's watched a laborer operating a bulldozer and thought, "Boy, that looks like fun."

Called Extreme Sandbox, it's described as a heavy-equipment adventure company, and will open a location at The Station in Sachse, a mixed-use center being developed by PMB Capital Investments, a privately-held real estate investment and development company based in Dallas.

A release says that it'll open in September.

Extreme Sandbox is an adventure attraction that lets you fulfill your "dream" of operating construction equipment, including excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders, and mini excavators. It's framed as a bucket list item or for corporate events, with prices that start at $195 for a single person, with 20-30 minutes instruction, and 30 minutes equipment use on choice of excavator, bulldozer, or wheel loader. If you want to try all three, it's $895.

The Sachse facility will comprise 10 acres. Guests can "golf" with an excavator or crush a car (for a $500 surcharge).

They currently have a location in Minnesota and had a location in Pottsboro, which is relocating to Sachse. The company is based in Hastings, Minnesota, and attracted attention after a 2016 appearance on Shark Tank, says CEO and founder Randy Stenger.

"We look forward to bringing this exciting outdoor activity to the district and expect to benefit from the strong corporate presence in Dallas and surrounding areas," Stenger says. "Where else can you play with a 26-ton excavator for fun?"

Nowhere, because maybe nobody is dumb enough, except maybe Texas.

Guests can operate equipment such as Komatsu excavators, bulldozers, and wheel loaders, under the supervision of instructors. Wow, way to ruin the party.

The company also offers heavy-equipment training for those pursuing a career in the construction trades. OK that part is useful.

The Station is currently under construction. Anchored by Heritage Park, it'll span 134 acres with 1,000+ new residences, including a community of 225 single-family homes, townhomes, and multifamily offerings, plus an urban-style residential project called The Linz at The Station, plus 400,000 commercial, office, restaurant, retail space and 36 acres of public parks and open space.