It has taken four years of planning and fundraising. But it looks like the long-awaited Jimi Hendrix Park will finally become a reality at least in part very soon.
Officials with the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation announced this week that after much negotiation, The City Of Seattle is now pursuing a contract with construction company ERGG, Inc. to start work on the park, honoring one of the city’s favorite sons. ERGG, Inc. was chosen from a pool of five bidding companies to build the 2.5 acre park in the city’s Central District. The park will be located adjacent to the city’s Northwest African-American Museum. Construction on Phase I is expected to begin in April with opening of the park’s new features expected for this fall. Phase I of the park’s growth, designated “Little Wing,” will include a new stairway and grand entrance at the southeast corner of the park at the intersection of 25th and Massachusetts. It will also feature a chronological timeline of Jimi’s life and career, paved pathways, new landscaping that will feature new trees and native plantings, seat wall benches, improved fencing, ADA accessible walkways, rain infiltration gardens, a butterfly garden, and central plaza for community gatherings and performances.
Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie Hendrix is Founder and Director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. She shared her thoughts on this week’s major announcement noting her hopes that the park will be more than just another tourist trap. Rather, she hoped that it would become a site that would pay homage to Jimi’s life and legacy, noting, “It is our hope that for generations, it will exist as more than an attraction or point of interest, but a place of homage to one of Seattle’s own. The landscaping, the artistic design, and the ambience all mimic the vibe of the persona of Jimi, whom this park honors.”
Rosanna Sharpe is Executive Director of the Northwest African-American Museum. She shared Jamie’s high hopes for the park, especially being that the park will be located so close to the museum. “The Northwest African-American Museum looks forward to the opening of the new Jimi Hendrix Park,” she said. “Together we form a premier cultural destination that celebrates African-American art, history and culture, and the living legacy of an iconic musician who helped the world expand its definition of “black music” and continues to influence musicians today.”
Fundraising by the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation started in 2012. It raised a total of $1.4 million for the first of the park’s two phases. Fundraising for the second phase of the park’s development is ongoing. The second phase of the park’s development includes: additional pathways, pedestrian lighting, improved fencing, construction of a central shelter and centerpiece feature, and a “shadow wave wall” that depicts iconic silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix. Anyone that would like to donate to the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation’s work on the park’s second phase can do so online via the Foundation’s website at http://www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org/donate.php. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is a 501(c)3 registered public charity (EIN 27-3599916). A schematic design of the park in its completed state is noted below.
Major financial assistance for development of Phase I came from: Hard Rock International, Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Janie L. Hendrix, King Conservation District, Seattle Parks Foundation, KISW 99.9 FM, Northwest African-American Museum, Nisqually Indian Tribe, and Fender Musical Instruments Co.
More information on The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is available online along with information on how to donate to the second phase of the park’s construction, and all of the latest developments on its construction at:
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