Two-and-a-half acres marked out for $1million memorial park in guitarist’s hometown
Two-and-a-half acres of land in his hometown has been officially marked out for a long-awaited park in honour of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.The City Of Seattle officially broke ground on the Jimi Hendrix Park - a memorial garden which will be built in the city’s Central District.
Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix
The park’s organisers, the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, have raised over $1million for the project and say they envision the park as being ‘a place where people of different backgrounds will find the motivation to explore music and art, while celebrating Seattle’s cultural heritage,’ according to Rolling Stone.
The guitar legend’s sister, Janie Hendrix, who is also the president and CEO of Experience Hendrix - the company that manages the singer’s estate, said: “Every project endorsed by our family which bears Jimi’s name is meaningful to us, but this park holds special significance.
“Seattle will always be Jimi’s home. This very area is where Jimi grew up, where his dreams 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 every 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.”
The concept for the park was first announced by the organisation in 2011 and was intended for completion in time for what would’ve been the singer’s 70th birthday the following year. It is believed the bulk of construction work is set to take place next year.
Details of the park’s layout and how to donate to the foundation can be viewed here.