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Jimi Hendrix Park Development
2400 S. Massachusetts Street
$500,000 from the Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund;
765,000 from the Jimi Hendrix Foundation - fundraising still in process!
50,574 from the King Conservation District;
$100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Award for design and construction documents;
$74,000 additional public and private donations and generous community donations of time and materials to facilitate the design process
Planning: 2011 - 2012
Construction: Spring 2015
Completion: Fall 2015
The improvements to Jimi Hendrix Park will create space that is welcoming and provides an experience that clearly defines its namesake. Phase 1 of the park development, designated "Little Wing," will include a new stairway and entrance at the southeast corner of the park, paved pathways, a chronological timeline of Jimi's life and career, enhanced landscaping with trees and native plantings, seatwall benches, ADA accessible walkways, rainwater infiltration gardens and a butterfly garden.
The vision is for a community space inspired by the electrifying music and story of Jimi Hendrix; a place where individuals of diverse backgrounds can gather, enjoy educational programming, celebrate cultural heritage and experience community pride with youth and adults.
Jimi Hendrix Park is 2.5 acres of open green space located in Seattle’s Central District at the boundary of two urban villages and adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum. The property is owned by WSDOT and leased by Seattle Parks and since 1997.
In 2006, using funding from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, the old Colman school site was named Jimi Hendrix Park and transformed into the park it is today. The park currently offers a large open lawn area, not too many trees (good for flying a kite) and a parking lot.
In 2009, Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park, a grassroots community group formed to advocate for a more user-friendly park that would honor its iconic namesake and be the connection to several surrounding parks, the I-90 Trail and ultimately a link to Seattle’s Light Rail Rainier Station. Serving as a monument to Jimi’s vision and creativity, the Park will serve as a hub for inspiration, gatherings and community activities.
The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park received a Large Project Fund Neighborhood Matching Fund award of $76,800 from the Department of Neighborhoods and hired Murase & Associates.
A successful community engaged process led by FOJHP with architects at Murase & Associates developed a sustainable park design that encourages both active and passive recreation. The design includes:
In plan view, the concept takes in the form of a guitar, with the frets of the guitar leading down to the southeasterly (Mt. Rainier direction) of the site. The southeast corner retaining wall will be cut down and a staircase brought through, to provide better connections to the community. The stem of the guitar is an opportunity for specialized paving, incorporating a time line of Jimi Hendrix’s life. At the terminus of the timeline, there will be internally lit columns that also can have cut outs with rich Jimi Hendrix imagery.
This preferred schematic design was presented to the public at the third public meeting in Dec. 2011.
This project was selected for the first round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.
In December 2011, there was a public meeting to discuss design priorities. Approximately 20 people attended. There was concern about the potential for noise in the park. The existing permitting process discusses this.Public Meeting #1 5-17-11
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Currently no project related public meetings or events are scheduled.
800 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
Little Wing Phase One
Design Development Plan
Schematic Design Summary Report
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