For all the young lovers that have etched their initials into the wooden beams of the gazebos at Larchmont Manor Park, show's over. The two gazebos are being refurbished and repainted.
"There were probably decades worth of initials in it," said Paul Stainkamp, who was working on one of the gazebos. "I guess I erased their immortality. I feel kind of bad."
Stainkamp, 53, runs his own painting business, Portico Paint, Inc., in Mamaroneck and was contracted by the Larchmont Manor Park Society, a private non-for-profit organization that manages the park.
"The park gets used," said John E. Keenen, director of operations for the society. "Our goal is to keep it as new as possible at all times."
The 12.65-acre park is jointly owned by some 280 residents of Larchmont Manor, but is open to the public from dawn to dusk. All maintainence projects are privately funded by local residents through the society. Keenen said that the gazebos were last repainted five to eight years ago.
Stainkamp has started work on the northern gazebo last Thursday, filling in scratches with wood epoxy and priming the old paint for a new coast of pine green, which he purchased from Village Paint in Larchmont.
"It'll be hard to scratch into the epoxy," said Stainkamp. "Those areas are bullet-proof."
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