Volunteers in the Queens area used their own money to paint the seating area near the Doughboy statue at Woodside’s Doughboy Park, but the city’s Parks Department couldn’t be any less appreciative. In fact, they’re downright pissed, and have plans to re-paint now, as the bright green color is not what they’d wanted.
“Doughboy Park, including the area around the park’s historic war memorial, was recently painted by a group of local veterans and community volunteers. The Parks Department appreciates their stewardship but details of this painting, including the color of the war memorial area, were not shared with us,” a Parks Department spokesman wrote in a statement.
“It is important to note that the Parks Department provides free materials, including paint, for approved volunteer projects,” the statement continued. “The park and memorial area is being restored to its original color, in consultation with our Art & Antiquities conservators.”
“I just want to give back to the neighborhood. It’s a privilege to live in Woodside,” said Edgar Cartagena, the man that led the makeover effort. “Nobody was taking care of it,” he said. “There was a lot of graffiti. It was like nobody cared. So I decided to paint it.”
Hopefully they’ll come to an amicable agreement.