Jimi Hendrix Park Development

Updated: November 7, 2019

Thank you, Seattle! This project is complete.

Photo of completed Shadow Wave Wall

Completed Shadow Wave Wall

Phase 3 - Construction of Shadow Wave Wall

Bids opened on May 9, 2018 for the Jimi Hendrix Park Shadow Wave Wall, an artistic focal point for the newly renovated park. Only one bid was received for the work, which exceeded the engineer's estimate. Seattle Parks and Recreation and Jimi Hendrix Foundation met to discuss options on how to move forward. The Foundation agreed to generously donate the additional funding to meet the excess bid amount.

W.S. Contractors was awarded the construction contract for the Shadow Wave Wall. Construction on site started in July 2018. Off-site fabrication of the "Wave Wall" steel panels has been in progress since early 2019. First, the three one-inch thick steel plates were shaped and laser cut at a fabrication shop near Vancouver, WA. View a photo of the laser cutting here, view a photo of the shaping here, and view the painting here. This spring, the panels were transported to a paint shop in Kent for painting. Final detailing of the painting is in progress. We anticipate the wall panels will be transported and installed on site in September.


Jimi Hendrix Park, 2400 S Massachusetts Street, 98144

Jimi Hendrix Park is located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle's Central District.


The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation donated $300,000 from Sony Music, plus an additional $223,821 for construction of Shadow Wave Wall.

$500,000 from the Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund
The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park and the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation have raised $ - with donations from the following:
$703,768 Hard Rock International
$500, 000 KISW
$143,756 Janie L. Hendrix
$50,000 Seattle Parks Foundation/Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund
$20,000 Nisqually Indian Tribes
$10,000 Fender Musical Instruments
$200,000 4Culture & King County "Building for Culture"
$50,574 from the King Conservation District
$100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Award for design and construction documents
$100,000 Department of Neighborhoods (DON) NMF for Phase 2 construction elements (including more plants, mow curbs, and concrete pathways)
$24,413 DON Small and Simple Projects Fund for the grand opening celebration of Jimi Hendrix Park
$1,000 Northwest Horticultural Society
$500 Find It Fix It Community Project Fund
$1,000 Wyman Youth Trust
$1,000 Emerald City Guitars
$1,000 SPR Wintertime Arts in Parks
Plus additional public and private donations and generous community donations of time and materials to facilitate the design process


Construction: Summer/Fall 2019

Project Description

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.

Jimi Hendrix Park improvements provides a space that is welcoming and allows visitors experience that clearly defines its namesake. The planning and construction has taken many years but the vision 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 has successfully been implemented through a phased approach.

Phase 1 - Little Wing

Phase one or Little Wing opened in October 2016. It includes 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.


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 with a staircase brought through, provides 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. imagery.

Jimi Hendrix Park Plan

Phase 2 - Central Shelter

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park and the community celebrated the completion of the central shelter in June 2017. The newly installed central shelter, a soaring sculpture reminiscent of butterfly wings, now anchors Jimi Hendrix Park.