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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Community invited to participate in Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation project by providing input on Tues. October 4, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave. Seattle, 98101. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project, review design options and provide input on the renovation.  Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Walker Macy, design consultant will present the proposed design options, gather input and answer questions. 

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates funding to improve Victor Steinbrueck Park public safety including but not limited to improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children’s play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping.  In addition, the park partially sites atop a privately owned parking garage. The membrane between the westerly portion of the park and the parking garage below is failing.  A complete replacement of the membrane will be necessary as part of the renovation.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s design team will continue to work with the community to prioritize park improvements and anticipates presenting a final design for the park in early 2017. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been and will continue to be engaging organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of Market, surrounding residents and business and homeless advocates regarding the park renovation. We encourage the community and park users to attend and participate in the design process.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/victor_steinbrueck/ Visitors to this site may also access an on-line Open House starting Friday, Sept 30, 2016.  For additional question please contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov

 

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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.

Celebration for Broadway Hill Park

Please join Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre and the Friends of Broadway Hill Park at the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Broadway Hill Park. The event takes place on July 14, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Broadway Hill Park is located at 500 Federal Ave. E. Join us for the ribbon cutting, music and refreshments.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the property at the corner of Federal Ave. E and E Republican St. in March 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy acquisition program. This acquisition helped fill an identified need for more open space in the Capitol Hill Urban Village area.

The community received a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award and hired Site Workshop to work with the neighborhood to develop a design for the park. The preferred design, conceived as a “front porch” and a public yard for the neighborhood, features a large lawn area, varied seating and tables at the top of the site, a barbecue, a community garden, and landscaped planting, as well as opportunities for natural play and artwork. The community garden will be operated as part of the Department of Neighborhoods P-patch program.

In 2012, a neighbor submitted the name Broadway Hill Park to the Park Naming Committee, which unanimously recommended it for the site. The name provides a strong link to the history of the neighborhood and has community support. Both Cal Anderson Park and Bobby Morris Playfield used to have “Broadway” as a part of their names, but when they were renamed the historical references to the “Broadway Hill” neighborhood were removed.

For more information about the park please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/capitol_hill_uv/ or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

Construction begins for renovation of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

The Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, Seattle Tilth, Seattle Parks Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce that a construction contract has been executed with A1 Landscaping and Construction. Construction began in July 2016 and will be completed in April 2017. The project will create great benefits at the site. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the contractor to minimize impacts on the neighborhood and during construction limited programs will still be available at the farm.

The transformational plan of the former Atlantic City Nursery includes an organic farm, a children’s learning garden, outdoor and indoor class spaces, a community gathering space, greenhouses, orchards, apiaries, chicken coops, protected wetlands, park amenities and a connection to Beer Sheva Park.

The farm brings diverse community members together to learn, play, and enjoy. It will ultimately engage 5,000 community members and produce more than 20,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables annually, to be distributed primarily to Rainier Valley residents.

The project improvements include:

  • Better use of the site. The site improvements will demonstrate the “farm to table” experience and bring to life the food system in a powerful and interconnected way while engaging the community.
  • New classroom. The new building will provide extensive opportunities for hands-on environmental stewardship and food production education for the community, directly on site at a community based urban farm.
  • Commercial kitchen. We will prepare food harvested at the farm, providing cooking and nutrition education with school and community groups, the first time we will have a functional kitchen for cooking, teaching and food preparation.
  • Office space. Staff will work on site to administer programs, being part of the fabric of the community, the first time having adequate year-round facilities.
  • Improved access. The new gate at Beer Sheva Park will allow community members greater access to the farm and a new circle drive will better accommodate school buses, delivery vans and service trucks.

Programming will be scaled back during construction and access will be limited on the farm. The program focus during construction is on wetlands restoration work parties with volunteers and the ongoing African Elder farming program. The farm will be open limited hours and the gate will be locked when the farm is closed.

The project originated with funding through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Originally the project was advancing phase one, which included some of the major elements in the plan. The community partners recognized the value in completing the project as a single phase and started a large capital campaign. Because of the success of these efforts, the project will be completed in a single major construction phase, and it will include most of the major elements envisioned for the farm.

The vision for the farm is coming to life through a great partnership among many inspired parties and community members. The key partners follow:

  • Seattle Parks and Recreation builds community through people, parks and programs. We seek opportunities to partner with organizations with common core values.
  • Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands is a committed group of neighborhood residents who created the vision for the project and secured the initial commitment of public funds. They have mobilized hundreds of community members, generated excitement and support throughout the city, and are leading efforts to secure additional public resources.
  • Seattle Tilth is a regional leader in building a better, more sustainable food system including opportunities for immigrants, refugees, and low-income community members in the local food economy. They manage day-to-day programs and operations at the farm.
  • Seattle Parks Foundation supports community-led public space initiatives, working with volunteers, donors, and community and public-sector leaders to build and sustain a system of thriving and connected public spaces that are accessible to all. They are raised private dollars to help fund the capital improvements at the farm.

A majority of the components in the original schematic plan are being built.

For more information about the project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/atlantic_city/nursery.htm. If you have questions, please contact project manager Jay Rood at Jay.Rood@seattle.gov or 733-9194.