Published May 10, 2011As if the Experience Music Project wasn't a large enough tribute, the City of Seattle has revealed plans for a state-of-the-art recreational facility to commemorate the life and legacy of former Seattle resident and guitar god Jimi Hendrix.
The Daily Swarm points to an article from Vintage Vinyl News, who report that the city is planning a facility under the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. A statement from the group explains the project as follows:
The mission of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is to create a community space inspired by the electrifying music and story of Jimi Hendrix -- a gathering place for individuals of diverse backgrounds and ages to celebrate cultural heritage, experience community pride, and enjoy innovative educational programming in partnership with the neighbouring Northwest African American Museum.
The facility will include landscape with trees and native plants, a musical platform with a flexible size and seating, walkways with inscribed Hendrix lyrics, seating areas and tables, educational features and green infrastructure opportunities like treatment of stormwater, solar power and recycled materials.
The projected cost for the Jimi Hendrix park is expected to be around $2 million. The Seattle Parks Levy Opportunity has already contributed $500,000, with another $76,000 coming from a Neighbourhood Matching Fund and an additional $20,000 coming from Janie Hendrix, Jimi's sister and the CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC.