Vallone, who secured $1 million for the urban plaza-styled skate park, said the site will be the first of its kind in the five boroughs and will discourage skaters from using other neighborhood sites where skateboarding is not allowed."This will give kids a place to skate that is far away from the busy sidewalks and parks where they sometimes inconvenience other people, especially seniors," he said. "These kids will be outside, exercising and enjoying themselves. I'm happy to provide them with a venue to skate rather than sit in front of a TV playing video games."Western Queens skaters currently use several neighborhood sites for skateboarding, including Athens Square Park at 30th Avenue and 30th Street. Police at that site said it was not supposed to be used for skateboard
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