Vallone announces Astoria playground upgrades
by Andrew Pavia
Dec 17, 2013 | 638 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. and Joanne Amagrande announce playground improvements.
Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. and Joanne Amagrande announce playground improvements.
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Ping-pong is coming to an Astoria playground.

Last week, Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. announced improvements to Triborough Bridge Playground-A, including two new volleyball courts, new handball pavement, and other amenities.

However, an improvement that Vallone was especially happy with are two new concrete Ping-Pong tables that will allow residents to play all year long. Vallone was a championship table tennis player at Fordham University and was recently a finalist in a celebrity ping-pong tournament.

“Now we’re going to utilize this space,” said Vallone. “It’s going to be done with something unique for this area of Queens.”

In under a week, Vallone announced improvements at the Triborough Bridge Playground and the Paul Raimonda Playground, also in Astoria. Both projects include adult fitness areas.

“It’s great for the neighborhood to stay fit,” he said. “

Joanne Amagrande, chief of staff to the Queens Borough Parks Commissioner, thanked Vallone for allocating over $10 million to parks in his district during his time in the City Council.

“While out bigger parks are very important, what makes things special for us are the small neighborhood pocket parks,” said Amagrande. “We’re going to take this very lovely space we have now and we’re going to transform it.”

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