Jimi Hendrix Park ‘Little Wing’ Phase 1 opens Oct. 7

If landscapes were lyrical, the layout of the newly opened Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle might be reminiscent of a scene created by one of the iconic musician’s songs. Gently curving walkways, comfortable benches, sculpted green lawns and a central plaza create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to Jimi Hendrix Park.

Situated on 2.5-acres in Seattle’s Central District, the area landmark honors the hometown music great for his artistic contributions not just to the Pacific Northwest, but on the world stage. With Phase 1 now completed, the park will be opened to the public on Oct. 7, 2016. Phase 2 is still in the works with an expected unveiling in 2017. This initial phase, named “Little Wing,” marks the much anticipated introduction of a project six years in the making. The construction fencing will be removed during the day on Friday, Oct. 7. The public is invited to join members of the Jimi Hendrix Park Committee between 2 and 4 p.m. for “Little Wing Ramble: A Walk Through Jimi Hendrix Park.”

The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation collaborated to bring this dream to life, celebrating Jimi Hendrix. It is a long-awaited dream come true for the family of Jimi Hendrix and all those who love his artistry, said Janie Hendrix, founder and director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.

“This beautiful park will provide a welcoming and inspiring community gathering space as well as a place for fans of Jimi’s music to celebrate his indelible contributions to the music world,” said Hendrix, the sister of the legendary guitarist, who has been involved since the planning stages. “Seeing the work in living color, now tangible and not just on paper or a drafting board, is like hearing Jimi’s music for the first time. It’s overwhelming.”

Located at 2400 S. Massachusetts St., adjacent to the former Colman School that now houses the Northwest African American Museum, the new park fits in beautifully with the cultural essence of the area. The park features a grand entrance and stairway adorned with Jimi’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts and 25th Avenue South, lending convenient access. A walkway toward the central plaza incorporates a timeline of Jimi’s life and career embedded in the pavement, making it historical and educational. In keeping with the musical emphasis, lyrics from the iconic Hendrix songs “Angel” and “Little Wing” are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline. But the creativity doesn’t end there. New plantings of trees and flowers decorate the terrain, as well as four rain gardens with native plants and a butterfly garden with flowering shrubs to improve environmental sustainability.

For added convenience, an additional access point recently was added with the construction of a paved walkway from 23rd Avenue South, with funding provided by the Seattle Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

The park design by Murase Associates of Seattle was inspired by the music and art of Jimi Hendrix and also involved public participation from the neighborhood. Contractor EERG of California led the construction process during the past year. Funding of $1.5 million was raised through countless individuals, grants and donations from sources including the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund. Major donors include:

  • Hard Rock International
  • KISW Radio
  • Experience Hendrix LLC
  • Authentic Hendrix LLC
  • King Conservation District
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Fender Musical Instruments Company
  • Monterey International Pop Festival
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable Fund

Phase 2 of the park will include installation of a colorful central shelter to serve as an amphitheater for live performances and multi-use. The shelter’s canopy is funded by 4Culture and a King County Council Building for Culture Grant. An additional $329,000 must be raised in order to create the iconic “wave wall” displaying silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix on the north ridge of the park. Both components will complete the second phase. Following the installation of the central shelter, a grand opening celebration is planned for the summer of 2017.

To learn more about the project and to make a contribution to the construction of Phase 2, please visit the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation website, www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org or http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/jimi-hendrix-park-development.

 

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Lewis Park Natural Area Opportunity Fund construction begins

Lewis Park Natural Area

Thank you to the Friends of Lewis Park for their stewardship

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce that W.S. Contractors will begin construction for the new trail through Lewis Park Natural Area (1120 15th Ave. S.) in late September 2016. The weather dependent work is expected to last approximately six months.

This community-initiated project includes a new trail that will run north to south on the ground and across elevated structures through the natural area. The project will bring visitors across a large area currently inaccessible due to the steepness of the terrain. The trail will improve pedestrian circulation, provide better accessibility for people with disabilities, and create better access for site restoration. The Friends of Lewis Park have been actively leading the restoration of the 5-acre Lewis Park Natural Area located on North Beacon Hill since 2007 and will use the trail for their ongoing stewardship and educational activities.

This project is funded through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.

For more information on this project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/lewis-park-improvements or contact Garrett Farrell, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-233-7921 or Garrett.Farrell@Seattle.gov.

12th Ave. Square Park Celebration

 Seattle Parks and Recreation and 12th Avenue Stewards invite the community to the grand opening celebration of 12th Ave. Square Park on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. during the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Headlining the event is Naomi Wachira, winner of Seattle Weekly’s 2013 “Best Folk Singer” award. The ribbon cutting will kickoff with a trio from the Garfield High Jazz Band. Yesler Community Center will offer a children’s craft activity. The event is sponsored in part by Swedish Medical Center Foundation and will include refreshments provided by Cherry Street Coffee, Ba Bar Restaurant, and Starbucks Coffee.

12th Ave. Square Park is located at E James Court and 12th Ave. between Ba Bar and Cherry Street Coffee House in the Squire Park neighborhood. It is a community initiated project that created a new 7,332 square-foot park and gathering space.

Hewitt Architects and artist Ellen Sollod collaborated with the community on the design of the park and woonerf, which provides pedestrians and cyclists priority on the street. This technique of shared spaces, traffic calming, and low speed limits contribute to improved pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety. The artistic sculptural canopy structure in the park is called “Cloud Veil.” It hovers over a rounded “pillow” and wavy concrete paving. Several other smaller pillows for seating are sprinkled through the space. The park’s unique design also includes rain gardens to extend the feeling of open space for the entire block on E James Court, a single east-bound lane.

The creation of this new public space was made possible with funding from the Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy Opportunity Fund, the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund, and Seattle Parks Foundation Stim Bullitt Parks Excellence Fund.

For more information about the park or to get updates on the upcoming event, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/12thAve.htm or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

 

 

Seattle Parks hosts meeting for Magnolia Manor Park improvements

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on the Magnolia Manor Park Improvements Opportunity Fund project on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Magnolia Community Center at 2550 34th Ave. W.

At this meeting, Parks staff will present schematic designs, the project schedule and gather input. This community-initiated project implements a plan for opening up and improving the level areas of the park. Proposed work provides a second access and improvements to the P-Patch and gathering areas along the north side of the park, and improvements to the dogs off-leash area (currently under evaluation). Magnolia Manor Park is located at 3500 28th Ave. W.

Planning, design and construction funding is provided by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.

For more information on the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/magnolia_manor/ or contact Garrett Farrell, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 233-7921 or garrett.farrell@seattle.gov.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to participate in meeting for Magnolia Manor Park improvements

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on Magnolia Manor Park Improvements Opportunity Fund project on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Magnolia Community Center at 2550 34th Ave W.

This community-initiated project intends to implement a plan for opening up and improving the level areas of the park. Proposed work provides a second access and improvements to the P-Patch, improvements to the dog off-leash area, path and gathering areas along the north side of the park.  Magnolia Manor Park is located at 3500 28th Ave. W.

The meeting will be an opportunity to hear about the proposed improvements, the project schedule and provide input. Planning, design and construction funding is provided by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.

The community is encouraged to attend this next step in the improvement project and provide feedback.

For more information on the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/magnolia_manor/ or contact Garrett Farrell at 206-233-7921 or garrett.farrell@seattle.gov.