Jimi Hendrix Park

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Sign at entrance to Jimi Hendrix Park

Jimi Hendrix Park is a 2.3-acre (0.93 ha) park in Seattle, Washington named in honor of musician Jimi Hendrix, who was from Seattle.

The park was named in 2006,[1] and the opening of the park was announced in December, 2011 at the Northwest African American Museum, adjacent to the park, with an opening planned for 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary of the musician's birth.[2] As of summer 2013, the park design had been approved by the city, and development from a large grassy area into the planned guitar-shaped system of pathways and vegetation had not yet begun.[3] The park opened on June 17, 2017. The park's opening was introduced by the Bellevue School of Rock playing Purple Haze.[4]

The park was funded by various city funds and donations from the Nisqually Tribe[1] and Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix.[2] The park is only the fourth public memorial to Hendrix in Seattle, the others being a plaque in Woodland Park Zoo, a bust in his high school's library, and a privately funded sidewalk statue.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jimi Hendrix Park at Seattle Parks and Recreation
  2. ^ a b MATTHEW PERPETUA (December 5, 2011), "Jimi Hendrix Park to Open Next Year--Destination will be located in the guitarist's hometown of Seattle", Rolling Stone
  3. ^ Jimi Hendrix Park Development Project Information -- Project Status, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Summer 2013, retrieved 2013-12-29
  4. ^ Scruggs, Gregory (2017-04-14). "Jimi Hendrix Park Opens at Last, With a Purple Flourish". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  5. ^ Erik Lacitis (August 14, 2011), "Seattle area's many Jimi Hendrix memorials", The Seattle Times

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Coordinates: 47°35′20″N 122°18′04″W / 47.589°N 122.301°W / 47.589; -122.301