Seattle is Getting a New Jimi Hendrix Park

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Seattle’s new city park Jimi Hendrix Park will be officially opened this Saturday, June 17.

The 2.5 acre park located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle’s Central District at 2400 S. Massachusetts St has undergone a $2.2 million improvement.

Phase One, the Little Wing, opened in October 2016. The new park features “a grand entrance and stairway adorned with Jimi’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts and 25th Avenue South. A walkway toward the central plaza incorporates a timeline of Jimi’s life and career embedded in the pavement. Lyrics from timeless Hendrix songs, “Little Wing and “Angel” are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline. New plantings include numerous trees as well as four rain gardens with native plants and a butterfly garden with flowering shrubs to improve environmental sustainability. Also new are an informational kiosk and bike racks”.

Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix will officiate at the ribbon cutting ceremony at noon this Saturday. The stage then will be turned over to our master of ceremonies, Michael Wansley and local performers who will rock the afternoon away. Featured artists include: School of Rock, Henry Cooper, Peace & Red Velvet, The Hollers, Grace Love, Ayron Jones, and Youth Speaks poets Carlynn Newhouse and Azura Tyabji. In addition to the performances, families can enjoy food trucks, an instrument “petting zoo,” chalk art contest and youth art activities all afternoon until 5 p.m. This event is generously supported by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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