The plan to create a park honoring Jimi Hendrix located in his hometown of Seattle is moving forward. A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently that was attended by the late guitar legend’s sister, Janie Hendrix, along with some city officials and other local luminaries.
The event, which came more than three years after plans for the park first were announced, featured music and the ceremonial shovelful of earth. The two-and-a-half-acre space, dubbed Jimi Hendrix Park, is located in Seattle’s Central District next to the Northwest African American Museum.
“Every project endorsed by our family which bears Jimi’s name is meaningful to us, but this park holds special significance,” says Janie in a statement. “This very area is where Jimi grew up, where his dreams were cultivated and his creative energy awakened, in many ways. So to see this amazing place of beauty, dedicated to Jimi and his artistry, blossom into reality is indescribably fulfilling.”
The first phase of the park’s development, called “Little Wing,” will feature a timeline of important events in Hendrix’s life and career, as well as paved pathways, uniquely landscaped areas, a butterfly garden and more. Most of the construction for this part of the park is expected to take place in the spring of next year.
In conjunction with the groundbreaking, a campaign was launched to raise funds for the park’s second phase, which will include the construction of a performance space and central shelter as well as the creation of a wall that features artistic silhouettes of Jimi.
Besides serving as a site to celebrate the famed guitarist, Jimi Hendrix Park is envisioned as a place for various community activities and multi-cultural events, and where people will be inspired to explore music and art.
To find out more about the campaign to build the park, visit JimiHendrixParkFoundation.org.
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