Ground was broken late last month for Seattle’s Jimi Hendrix Park, a 2.5-acre space that is the future home of interpretive walkways, two rain gardens, a sound wave wall, a musical platform, alongside other tributes to the hometown American music legend. Located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum in the city’s lively Central District, at 2400 S. Massachusetts Street, the park aims to become a community hub with global appeal.
Citizens of Seattle introduced the opportunity to commemorate Hendrix with a petition to name the green space in his honor, which was supported by the Seattle City Council and approved by the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. The community was very involved in planning and brainstorming the park’s amenities; in 2003, they held multiple kick-off meetings, a park plan was generated in 2004, and the improvements were completed in 2006. Basically, July’s groundbreaking ceremony was a long time in the works.
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation announced the park’s concept as a place for people of diverse backgrounds to honor cultural heritage inspired by the astounding music and story of Jimi Hendrix. Most of the construction is expected to take place in 2015, according to Rolling Stone.