Freddy Da Firetruck’s resurrection is nearly at hand.
D.C.’s Department of General Services plans to replace the beloved playground equipment some time during the week of Sept. 19, officials announced during a party in Walter Pierce Park yesterday afternoon.
“We have ordered an exact replica of Freddy Da Firetruck,” announced DGS Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Kayne to cheers and applause from a small crowd. “We appreciate the community support and patience. We understand the sentimental value of Freddy Da Firetruck.”
The announcement came as a pleasant surprise to some neighbors, who initially were told a new truck would arrive six to eight weeks from the day they learned DGS workers threw the original Freddy away.
“I’m glad it’s soon!” said Mindy Moretti, one of the neighbors who spearheaded the original effort to recover the missing play vehicle. “[It] will give kids a chance to break it in before it snows.”
— Mindy Moretti (@mindymoretti) September 1, 2016
Photo courtesy Chanda Washington