Every inch of the new Seattle park is a testament to Jimi Hendrix’s work and legacy — down to the shape of the park itself. Walkways form the outline of a guitar, and 12 “frets” in the instrument’s neck tell the timeline of Hendrix’s life.
Purple guitars, purple walkways and a crowd of purple-clad families adorned the newest park in the Central District on Saturday — the long awaited Jimi Hendrix Park.
The $2.2 million park, located next to the Northwest African American Museum at 24th Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street, has been under development for the last several years as organizers raised funds and designed the city’s newest tribute to the Seattle-born rock icon.
“He gave so much to the world,” said Maisha Barnett, the park’s project manager at the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. “We wanted to have a space that was an inspiration for youth and everyone to come out and play music, and for people to come and learn more about him.”
Organizers and neighbors marked the day with a public concert on the park grounds, under a shelter designed to look like a butterfly wing. Students from the Bellevue School of Rock kicked off the party with a rendition of Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”
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Every inch of the park is a testament to Hendrix’s work and legacy — down to the shape of the park itself. The walkways form the outline of a guitar, and 12 “frets” in the instrument’s neck tell the timeline of Hendrix’s life.
The park’s entrance displays Hendrix’s signature carved into the concrete wall before a staircase leading to the green space where purple flowering plants have been added throughout. Hendrix lyrics are etched into the edges of the walkways.
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