Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jimi Hendrix Park to open this fall

Phase One of the Jimi Hendrix Park is expected to open this fall in Seattle.

Located in Seattle's Central District, adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, the 2.5 acre site sees the Northwestern US city honor its hometown guitar hero.

Billboard reports construction on Phase One is due to begin next month.

Dubbed "Little Wing", Phase One will include an entrance at 25th and Massachusetts, a pathway with a timeline of the artist's life and career, rain infiltration gardens and a central plaza for performances, among other features.

Phase two, which is still in the fundraising stages, will add the park's centerpiece, a so-called "shadow wave wall" depicting silhouette images of Hendrix.

The site broke ground last summer after four years in the making.

The project went from idea to reality thanks to non-profit groups Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park, who since 2012 have raised more than $1.4 million to finance the landmark.

"It is our hope that for generations, [the park] will exist as more than an attraction or point of interest, but a place of homage to one of Seattle's own," said Janie Hendrix, the rocker's sister and director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. "The landscaping, the artistic design, and the ambience all mimic the vibe of the persona of Jimi, whom this park honors."

See also:

Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side coming to DVD
Jimi Hendrix: The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge reissues announced
Jimi Hendrix Park breaks ground in Seattle
Jimi Hendrix documentary earns two Emmy nominations
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