After a decade of wait, the park honoring Jimi Hendrix will finally open. The 2.5-acre park will be finally available to the public. For more than ten years, Seattle and the Jimi Hendrix estate attempted to build the park, without success. Located in the city’s Central District, the park is in walking distance from the legendary guitarist’s childhood home.
However, the construction delayed until today. The park, which is next to the city’s Northwest African American Museum, is a big celebration of the artists. There are the lyrics to Hendrix’s “Angel” and “Little Wing” on the walkways and there is another part with plaques detailing Hendrix’s life. There are also sculptures inspired to him, like the “Shadow Wave Wall,” the product of a $300,000 donation from Sony Music. Jimi Hendrix Park was supposed to open in 2011 on what would have been the guitarist’s 70th birthday.
However, there were various issues which delayed the project. “Every project endorsed by our family which bears Jimi’s name is meaningful to us, but this park holds special significance,” the rock legend’s sister, Janie Hendrix said in 2015. “Seattle will always be Jimi’s home,” she added at the time. “This very area is where Jimi grew up, where his dreams were cultivated and his creative energy awakened, in many ways. So to see this amazing place of beauty, dedicated to Jimi and his artistry, blossom into reality is indescribably fulfilling. Having been involved in each facet of the park’s creation, I can honestly say that this musical garden is a fitting representation of Jimi’s imagination. It is truly inspired.” We are happy the project worked out at the end!