This parkland commemorates the soldiers from the Maspeth area of Queens who gave their lives in World War I. The park’s namesake, Walter A. Garlinger, was the first resident of Maspeth who fell in the war. Private Garlinger was killed in action on September 2, 1918, just nine weeks before the end of the War.
The first colony settled by the English in Queens County, Maspeth was home to the Mespat Indians. In 1642, Reverend Francis Doughty from the Massachusetts colony was expelled from the colony after the Mohicans and Matinecocks burned down his settlement in retaliation for the massacre of Indians in Connecticut. Settlers then moved inland to what is now Elmhurst.