People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience Allows Folks to “Get Dirty” Operating Construction Excavators, Loaders & Bulldozers in a “Construction-Themed” Environment

Share Article

Ordinary people can now operate huge construction excavators, bulldozers and loaders for fun on Florida’s Gulf Coast at People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience. The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to ‘Men at Work’ and the company was launched by construction industry veterans as a spin-off business to generate additional revenue in Florida's down economy.

News Image

Participants learn to operate Excavators which participating at People at Play.

This is not your average attraction, it’s a one-of-a-kind adventure where you can “play” on real excavators, bulldozers and loaders,” said Alisa S. Bennett, who is People at Play’s President and self-appointed Hard Hat Diva.

Many people are fascinated when driving by a construction site... they see a giant excavator digging in the dirt, a powerful bulldozer grading the land and wonder, "What is it like to operate one of those machines?"

Now, a new Florida-based company offers the opportunity to experience the “thrill” of operating heavy construction equipment firsthand; People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience is a new and exciting recreational offering. “We’re truly providing the ultimate outdoor “hands-on” construction experience in a friendly themed environment, right down to the port-a-potties! This is not your average attraction, it’s a one-of-a-kind adventure where you can “play” on real excavators, bulldozers and loaders,” said Alisa S. Bennett, who is People at Play’s President and self-appointed Hard Hat Diva.

People at Play is the brainchild of Jason and Alisa Bennett, owners of a site development construction company (Bennett Contracting, Inc.) based in Bradenton, Florida. The Bennetts saw an opportunity to create revenue with a different kind of business in response to the weakened economy and declining construction starts. This “spin-off” business is the first of its kind in Florida and it capitalizes on Alisa’s background and experience in hospitality marketing, as well Jason’s construction background.

“We all remember digging and moving the sand in our sandboxes. Before now, unless you were in the construction industry, you wouldn’t have the chance to harness the amazing power and strength of an excavator that weighs 10 times as much as an average car. Our experienced trainers ensure it’s a fun and thrilling adventure for anyone age 18 or over,” said Alisa S. Bennett, President.

The entire experience is themed like a day on a construction site, where every participant has to “clock-in,” wear a hard hat and a visibility vest. All participants are required to successfully complete a safety and equipment training orientation (in the job site trailer) prior to their time operating CAT excavators, skid steer loaders and bulldozers. Individuals can “join the crew” at People at Play at one of different depending on how much time they want to spend operating the heavy equipment.

Packages begin at $155.00 per person (+ tax) for a one-hour experience on a Skid Steer Loader. Gift certificates are available for select programs. Participants must be aged 18 and over. Individuals must pre-register and book their packages based on scheduled “work” days. For reservations and information call (941) 756-0886.

In addition to the individual programs, People at Play can customize events and team-building programs for corporate and social groups for up to 12 people. Packaging for groups include the mandatory orientation, personalized logo hard hats, machine operation and team relay events and box lunches. “There are unlimited possibilities in working with corporate groups,” said Bennett. Forget about golf outings or cooking classes this will be the new thing corporate groups will dig – literally,” laughed Bennett.

People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience is a new recreational offering where individuals with no experience can operate real construction equipment in a fun “construction-themed” environment. For more information please visit http://www.comeplayinthedirt.com or call (941) 756-0886.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Alisa Bennett
Visit website

Media