SEATTLE, WA — March 19, 2015 — After four years of planning and fund-raising, Jimi Hendrix Park took a major step closer to realization with the winning rebid of the development to ERRG, Inc. The City of Seattle is pursuing a contract with the company.
ERRG, Inc. was chosen from among five bidders to transform an open green space in Seattle’s Central District into a celebratory space worthy of its namesake, hometown rock icon Jimi Hendrix. Construction at the 2.5-acre park, located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, is expected to begin in April, with opening of the new park features projected this fall.
"The Jimi Hendrix Park is the culmination of years of hard work, collaboration, creative input, and generosity invested in something we all believed in and constructed to commemorate an amazing human being.
It is our hope that for generations, it will exist as more than an attraction or point of interest, but a place of homage to one of Seattle's own. The landscaping, the artistic design, and the ambience all mimic the vibe of the persona of Jimi, whom this park honors," says Janie L. Hendrix, Founder and Director of Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.
Following a year-long public design process, the non-profit Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park launched a capital fund-raising campaign in 2012 that raised more than $1.4 million to finance construction of the first phase in a two-part project. The park plan aims to create an engaging space that celebrates the life, music and legend of Seattle native Jimi Hendrix.
Phase 1 of the park development, designated "Little Wing," will include a new stairway and grand entrance at the southeast corner of the park at 25th and Massachusetts, paved pathways, a chronological timeline of Jimi's life and career, enhanced landscaping with trees and native plantings, seat wall benches, improved fencing, ADA accessible walkways, rain infiltration gardens, a butterfly garden, and a central plaza for community gatherings and performances.
"The Northwest African American Museum looks forward to the opening of the new Jimi Hendrix Park. Together we form a premier cultural destination that celebrates African American art, history and culture, and the living legacy of an iconic musician who helped the world expand its definition of "black music" and continues to influence musicians today," remarks Rosanna Sharpe, Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum.
Fund-raising continues to construct phase 2 of the park project including: additional pathways, pedestrian lighting, improved fencing, the installation of a central shelter and the centerpiece feature, a "shadow wave wall" depicting iconic silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix. The unique landscape design by Murase Associates of Seattle is expected to draw visitors from around the world as well as to serve as a local neighborhood gathering space.
Major donors to phase 1 of the park project include: Hard Rock International, Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Janie L. Hendrix, King Conservation District, Seattle Parks Foundation, KISW 99.9 FM, Northwest African American Museum, Nisqually Indian Tribe and Fender Musical Instruments Co.
The mission of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is to create a community space inspired by the extraordinary life and electrifying music 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 neighboring museum. The park plan envisions a space that will motivate youth and others to explore music and art, and strengthen the cultural pulse of the Emerald City as a primary focal point for multi-cultural events, gatherings, and activities for the community.
Your generous donation can help shape the future of Phase 2 of Jimi Hendrix Park, please visit: www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is a 501(c)3 registered public charity (EIN 27-3599916).
Jimi Hendrix Bus Shelter Unveiled
Seattle, WA - November 19, 2014 - The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park, and King County Metro Transit unveiled the Jimi Hendrix-themed bus shelter at the 23rd Avenue and Massachusetts Street intersection as part of its ongoing bus shelter mural program.
Hendrix’s sister Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix L.L.C. CEO, presided over the ceremony on Wednesday. She commented, "Having his image placed on this shelter is a moving tribute to Jimi and an honor to the Hendrix family. This is yet another way of recognizing Jimi for his contribution to this city, and the mark he made on the world. We are deeply appreciative."
Jimi Hendrix Park and the new Metro stop shelter are located in the heart of Seattle's vibrant Central District, a thriving multi-cultural community rich in heritage. Nestled adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum.
Seattle, WA - November 10, 2014 — The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park are giving the City of Seattle its next great landmark.
You are invited to attend a pre-birthday commemoration for Jimi Hendrix and the unveiling of a Jimi Hendrix themed bus shelter. Join us for a celebration of Jimi's profound legacy and of the cultural and musical heritage of Seattle's Central District.
Wednesday, November 19th (11:00 a.m.)
Metro Bus Stop [#36750]
23rd Avenue [northbound] at S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
The ribbon cutting and unveiling will take place at 11:10 a.m.
Peter S. Shukat
Seattle, WA - June 7, 2014 — Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and the family of Jimi Hendrix are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Peter S. Shukat. Mr. Shukat, founding partner with New York based Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, LLP, has served as lead counsel to the Hendrix family companies including Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., Authentic Hendrix, LLC, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, and JMH Productions, LLC among others for more than 20 years.
As an advisor, mentor and endearing friend, his wisdom, guidance, and leadership has immeasurably helped to foster, protect and strengthen the Jimi Hendrix legacy. With our deepest respect, Peter Shukat, you will always be remembered and forever in our hearts.
Fly on, my sweet angel ...
Introducing Jimi Hendrix Park
Thank You for your Support During our Inaugural Day of Giving Campaign
Seattle, WA - April 30, 2014 — On behalf of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donations during our inaugural Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation Day of Giving.
Your thoughtful support will help to shape the future of the Jimi Hendrix Park which is located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Central District at 2400 South Massachusetts Street, a thriving multi-cultural community rich in heritage.
DAY OF GIVING BRINGS ICONIC WAVE WALL TO JIMI HENDRIX PARK
April 22, 2014
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is pleased to announce a new fundraising effort to support the construction costs of a public art structure, the Shadow Wave Wall, at Seattle's Jimi Hendrix Park, located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle's Central District.
All funds raised during the "Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation's Day of Giving" on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 will be used to help fund the construction of the iconic Shadow Wave Wall in Jimi's image.
Evoking imagery of sound wave patterns, this brightly colored, curved steel art structure will measure in excess of 94 feet in length. Featuring cut-out silhouettes of Jimi Hendrix performing in concert, these dynamic forms embrace the energy felt in Hendrix's music. As the sun passes overhead, the carved structure will cast long inverted shadows of Jimi Hendrix on the ground that will continually move in the setting sun.
Varying in height between 4 and 12 feet high, the highest section will feature a large portrait of Jimi Hendrix which will be highly visible from the central plaza. The Shadow Wave Wall will also serve as a prominent gateway feature for those accessing the park from the north, which connects to Sam Smith Park, the I-90 trail, and a future Rainier Light-Rail station.
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered public charity (EIN 27-3599916). Secure tax-deductible online donations to the "Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation's Day of Giving" can be made at www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org/support. As ground-breaking nears this summer, we are in the final stages of fund-raising. Your contribution is essential to help transform this 2.5-acre park in a historically under-served part of Seattle into a space as innovative and inspiring as its namesake. Thank you for joining us during this special fundraising event.
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and capital campaign is spearheaded by Janie L. Hendrix, who also serves as President/CEO of Seattle-based Experience Hendrix L.L.C.
Our Vision ...
Create a community space inspired by the electrifying music and story of Jimi Hendrix. To create a gathering place for individuals of diverse backgrounds and ages to celebrate cultural heritage, experience community pride, and enjoy innovative educational programming.
Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation will be on site at this year's Bumbershoot festival at Seattle Center
from August 31 - September 2. Be sure to stop by our booth (#T18) in the INDIE MARKET section near
MORE THAN $1 MILLION RAISED BY JIMI HENDRIX PARK FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF REDEVELOPMENT OF SEATTLE'S JIMI HENDRIX PARK
Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is recognized by Seattle Parks and Recreation for its community leadership and support for the redevelopment of Jimi Hendrix Park
On April 10, 2013, the
Jimi Hendrix Park
Foundationdelivered a check in the amount of $484,351.58 to
Seattle Parks and Recreation in support of the redevelopment of
Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle. This most recent
contribution was a culmination of numerous individual fundraising efforts
spearheaded by the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation over the past
In marking this auspicious occasion,
Parks and Recreationrecognized the Jimi Hendrix Park
Foundation for their substantial fundraising efforts to support the
redevelopment of Jimi Hendrix Park.
"We are extremely honored by the support that the community and our
partners have shown for Jimi Hendrix Park," explained Janie L.
Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix's sister and Founder of the Jimi Hendrix Park
Foundation. "To date we have raised in excess of $1 million en
route to our goal of $2.1 million. As we approach our intended
goal, we hope to break ground on the new Park this fall."
Fundraising efforts are still ongoing and community supporters and fans
of Jimi Hendrix are encouraged to help make this lasting monument to Jimi
Hendrix's legacy a reality. Tax-deductible donations can be made
Hendrix Park Foundation website.
Visit the Jimi Hendrix Park Information Booth this Saturday, April 13 - 9am-12noon
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation will be on site at the 23rd Avenue Action PlanCommunity Workshop & Resource Fair this Saturday, April 13, 2013 (9 a.m. to 12 noon). We invite you to visit our informational booth to learn more about the Jimi Hendrix Park and our fundraising efforts.
Plans for Jimi Hendrix Park Continue to Garner Broad Support
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation (JHPF) recently announced impressive gains in fundraising for
development of Seattle's Jimi Hendrix Park, located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum
in the City's Central District.
Recent donations to the park include an award of $100,000 from the Department of Neighborhoods,
Neighborhood Matching Fund (Large Projects) for general construction; $79,040.47 from JHPF's
partnership with Hard Rock International for the sale of Jimi Hendrix T-shirts (bringing Hard Rock's
total contribution in 2012 to $425,734); $40,970 from King Conservation District to fund the park's
rain gardens; and $10,000 each from the Nisqually Indian Tribes and Fender Music Instruments Company,
for general construction. Project Manager Maisha Barnett expressed her gratitude for the community's
enthusiastic support of the Park: "We are so thankful for the on-going contributions made by both our
institutional partners as well as our individual supporters. Their commitment will enable us to turn
the dream of Jimi Hendrix Park into reality."
Throughout 2012 JHPF pursued a capital fund-raising campaign to finance construction of the park that
will celebrate the extraordinary life and musical legacy of Seattle's native son, Jimi Hendrix.
The non-profit foundation, with the assistance of the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park, a volunteer
community group committed to developing the space, aims to raise $1.5 million in private funding
to supplement a $500,000 Seattle Parks Levy Opportunity Fund Grant. The park plan envisions a space
that will motivate youth and others to explore music and art, and strengthen the cultural pulse of
the Emerald City as a focal point for multi-cultural events, gatherings and activities for the
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and capital campaign is spearheaded by Janie L. Hendrix, who also
serves as President/CEO of Seattle-based Experience Hendrix L.L.C., and Carver Gayton, Executive
Director Emeritus of the Northwest African American Museum.
Despite its recent successes, the Foundation has not yet reached its fund-raising goal of $1.5 million
in private donations and continues to seek community assistance in its efforts. Contributions to the
foundation are tax deductible. For more information, or to support the cause,
visit www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org. At the core of the Park project is the belief — embodied
best by Jimi Hendrix himself — that with talent, hard work and passion, anything is possible.
September 19, 2012
Janie L. Hendrix is interviewed on 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle
Special Announcement - Wednesday, September 5, 2012
99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle interviews Janie Hendrix
Janie L. Hendrix, Founder/Director of The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation was interviewed this morning by
99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle in conjunction with the station's announcement on their fundraising partnership with
the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. Click the arrow icon below to listen to the show.
September 19, 2012
Jimi Hendrix Park In The News: CBS 9 (Greenville, Washington, New Bern, Jacksonville)
Good morning, everyone. I hope your day's going well so far. Having gotten the first of today's
reviews out of the way early, I thought I'd get into some entertainment news. This morning, I've
got some news about a fundraising effort established to help pay for a park dedicated to the memory
of rock legend, Jimi Hendrix. Read on!
September 5, 2012
99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle have partnered with the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation in fund-raising effort
February 9, 2012
KOMO News Radio interviews Janie Hendrix
Janie L. Hendrix, Founder/Director of The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation was interviewed this morning by
KOMO News Radio. Click the icon below to listen.
February 9, 2012
Seattle's Hard Rock Cafe Unveils Hendrix Memorabilia Collection
Hard Rock International is honored to launch the brand's Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 merchandise in Jimi Hendrix's hometown of Seattle. On Thursday, February 9, 2012, Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will celebrate the program launch by unveiling a special memorabilia collection dedicated to the hometown legend.
Pieces on display as part of the limited-run exhibition include:
Jimi Hendrix Designed Fender Stratocaster – A Fender Stratocaster featuring a visual representation of the music legend's most recognizable songs on a guitar image designed collaboratively in 1970 by Hendrix and artist Alan Aldridge, creator of Hard Rock Cafe's iconic logo. The piece serves as the design inspiration for Hard Rock's Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 T-shirt.
Jimi Hendrix Boots – A pair of boots worn by Jimi Hendrix circa 1967-69 during performances at the Salvation Club in New York.
Jimi Hendrix Custom Gibson Flying-V – A custom Gibson Flying V that was commissioned by Jimi Hendrix in 1969. Hendrix reportedly referred to this guitar as the "Flying Angel", but to most guitar aficionados, it's forever identified as the "Red House" guitar. It's one of three Flying Vs Hendrix owned.
Experience Contract – A five page contact for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Bill Graham regarding performances at The Fillmore and Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968.
Jimi Hendrix Song Writers Contract – A contract between RSVP Music and "Jimmy" Hendrix for the song "No Such Animal," dated June 21, 1966, prior to Hendrix changing the spelling of his first name.
The special collection complements additional pieces currently on display at Hard Rock Cafe Seattle.
Additional pieces on display include:
Jimi Hendrix 1969 Fender Stratocaster – The 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar played by Jimi Hendrix during '69 and '70, while with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsies. This tobacco burst-finished guitar has a white pickguard and a 22-fret maple fingerboard with 10 mother of pearl dot inlays. The instrument still has its original tremolo arm.
Jimi Hendrix Purse – A purse that belonged to Jimi Hendrix and was used to carry lyric sheets, guitar picks, extra bandannas, etc.
Hendrix/Isley Brothers Photo – A photo of Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers with Curtis Knight from Hendrix's time with the group in 1965. Jimi Hendrix toured with the group on and off for about a year, and he even recorded singles with them, the most famous of which is a two-part jam called "Testify".
Jimi Hendrix Shirt – A simple blue pullover from Jimi Hendrix's wardrobe, exemplifying the Hendrix "electric gypsy" look that became such a huge part of late-‘60s iconography.
Jimi Hendrix Hat – A hat with a quintessential ‘60s floppy brim worn by Jimi Hendrix during the late 60's.
"We are delighted that Jimi is playing such an important role in supporting multiple worthy causes," said Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix. "It would warm his heart to know that his legacy is being honored this way, continuing to have an impact on the entire universe. At Authentic Hendrix, we're working to fulfill his vision. Joining our long-term partners Hard Rock International and The Fender Foundation allows us to continue to shape and inspire our communities through music."
Hard Rock's Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 T-shirt is inspired by a one-of-a-kind guitar, displayed in the collection that was conceived by Hendrix and commissioned to commemorate the Hard Rock's 40th Anniversary in 2011. Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 limited-edition Pin is modeled after the Fender Stratocaster Guitar Jimi Hendrix played onstage during his iconic Woodstock performance in 1969. The limited-edition merchandise is available in stores and online with 15% of the retail price benefiting The Fender Music Foundation and Seattle's Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.
The one-of-a-kind collection will be on display at Hard Rock Cafe for public viewing from Thursday, February 9, 2012 until Thursday, March 1, 2012.
The memorabilia display will then
go on the road and will be on site at Hard Rock locations during the 2012
Experience Hendrix Tour, including
March 13th (Orlando, FL) and
March 14th (Hollywood, FL).
For additional information please visit www.hardrock.com.
February 6, 2012
Limited Edition 'Hard Rock Cafe' Merchandise Helps Raise Funds for Jimi Hendrix Park
Hard Rock International honors legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix with the launch of the brand's Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 pin and T-shirt, featuring a visual representation of the music legend's most recognizable songs, conceived by Hendrix himself and relayed to Alan Aldridge, famed artist and creator of the iconic Hard Rock Cafe logo.
Design Development Meeting Scheduled for December 1st
Please join us at a Design Development meeting for Jimi Hendrix Park. Murase Associates facilitated three
public design meetings over the Summer of 2011 to create a Schematic Design, and now we would like your
input and support for the future development of the park. Members of the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park,
Murase Associates, and Seattle Parks Department staff will be available during the meeting to discuss
the design, fund raising events, and community volunteer opportunities.
Eddie Rye Jr., host of Urban Forum Northwest radio show
on Seattle's KKNW 1150AM dedicated his Friday, June 17, 2011 program
to Jimi Hendrix Park. Featured guests included Janie L. Hendrix (President & CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.; and Founder of Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation),
Maisha Barnett (Project Manager, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation), and Terry Johnson (Jimi Hendrix's childhood friend).
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Murase Associates
have announced dates for their three public input meetings on the development of Jimi Hendrix Park.
Tue, May 17 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu, June 23 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed, August 10 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Each meeting will take place at the Northwest African American Museum,
(2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144). These public events are intended to engage the community and
surrounding neighborhood in the development of the new Jimi Hendrix Park. We'd love to see you there!
March 25, 2011
Seattle's Murase Associates have been unanimously approved as the Landscape Architects for the Jimi Hendrix Park
March 21, 2011
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation publishes a brochure outlining potential design elements that may be
featured at Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle, WA.
March 3, 2011
The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation joins Facebook and Twitter. Join and follow our feeds today:
The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park formally adopts the operating name of Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation
and is registered with the US Dept. of Treasury as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Donations that
are contributed to the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation are now fully tax deductible.
February 24, 2010
The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park unveil the new logo for Jimi Hendrix Park:
January 28, 2010
The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park host a community Open House at the Northwest African American Museum
in Seattle, WA. The Open House provided local residents with the opportunity to learn more about
the development of Jimi Hendrix Park at 2400 S. Massachusetts Street in the Central District of Seattle, WA.
June 28, 2006
The City of Seattle officially renames the recently completed 'Colman School Parking Lot Development' Project
Jimi Hendrix Park in honor of the late 60's rock icon and his childhood ties to Seattle.
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The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered public charity. EIN: 27-3599916.
Download the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation Brochure
Download our new brochure and learn more about the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, the potential
Jimi Hendrix Park features and how you can help make this new City of Seattle Park come to life!