The city of Seattle, Washington will hold a very special event this weekend to pay tribute to a music legend.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park for the official opening of the Jimi Hendrix Park Saturday. The event is free to the public and will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Construction of the 2.5-acre park, which sits just adjacent to the Northwest African-American Museum in Seattle’s central district, cost $2.2 million.
The park features a variety of items paying tribute to Hendrix and his legacy including a grand entrance and stairway highlighted by Hendrix’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts and 25th Avenue South as well as a walkway taking visitors toward the central plaza that presents a time line of Hendrix’s life and career. Lyrics from Hendrix’s songs ‘Little Wing’ and ‘Angel’ are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline.
This is just a glimpse of what the new park will offer. Four rain gardens and a butterfly garden laden with flowering shrubs also fill the park along with numerous trees, an informational kiosk and bicycle racks.
Jimi’s sister Janie L. Hendrix will join city officials for a brief program and ribbon cutting Saturday at noon to officially open the park. A number of performers will help celebrate the opening including School of Rock, Henry Cooper, Peace & Red Velvet and many others. Food trucks, an instrument “petting zoo,” chalk art contest and various youth activities will give families plenty to eat, see and do throughout the afternoon.
Funding for the park’s construction was provided in part by the following donors:
- Hard Rock International
- KISW Radio
- Janie L. Hendrix
- King Conservation District
- Northwest African American Museum
- Seattle Parks Foundation
- Fender Musical Instruments Company
- Experience Hendrix L.L.C.
- Authentic Hendrix LLC
- Monterey International Pop Festival
- Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable Fund
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Neighborhood Park & Street Fund
More information on the Jimi Hendrix Park is available online now along with all of the latest news from Experience Hendrix at http://www.jimihendrix.com/experience-hendrix-llc.
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