Jimi Hendrix Theme Park Gets Green Light

A park named in honour of the late guitarist has the funding and designers in place to make his green memorial a reality.

Jimi Hendrix Theme Park Gets Green Light
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A park in Seattle is being renovated as the Jimi Hendrix Park, named in honour of the legendary guitarist, according to Central District News. The organisers at the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation aim to make the park a focal point for multi-cultural events for the community, which will be decorated in lyrical stepping stones, rain drums and sculptures. Now the group behind the large-scale memorial have selected a design team to put the dream into action, who will "envision landscape and structural elements that will transform a swath of turf adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum into a living tribute to the musical genius of Seattle native Jimi Hendrix." Janie Hendrix, the guitarist's half-sister who runs his estate, chose the designers because of their passion for the project. She personally donated $20,000 to the foundation, with the over $600,000 in funding and donations coming from local sources. A beautiful outdoor space to remember the man sounds like a great idea, but Hendrix fans haven't always been supportive of the decisions by his estate. In 2009 one fan who thought the Gibson Jimi Hendrix Authorized Guitar said it acted as "evidence that the Hendrix estate, led by half-sister Janie Hendrix, has finally gone 302 certifiably bats--t involuntarily-committed crazy." He continued: "Let's band together to get Janie the psychiatric help she needs and put someone else at the helm of Experience Hendrix."

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    PeterPdeC
    Theme park makes people think of a universal studios dedicated to Hendrix rollercoasters...
    ProgJazzMath
    PaisleyWilde wrote: instead of admission bracelets they hand out acid drenched headbands.
    HAHAHA YES!
    Dokken123
    UG, you honestly have the most misleading headlines ever. Its really getting on everyone nerves and makes you look like attention *****s. But its stilla cool idea.
    Rocketx1771
    I wanted a Purple Haze roller-coaster, or Castles made of Sand Waterpark. Damn you, UG. Damn you.
    blackbird51
    Root Beer wrote: Jack2994 wrote: That's not a theme park... that's just a park... But sounds a good idea though. It's a park with a theme... By definition I think that makes it a theme park...
    Nope, to the general public when you hear "theme park" you think of rides and what not, stop trying to act like you're smarter than everyone here.
    Icarus Lives
    Sounds really really cool, and I was glad to find out it wasn't really an amusement park. This idea is much cooler and more artistic.
    lespaul4eveR
    I hate Roller-coasters but i was willing to bite the bullet to ride a Jimi Hendrix themed one... Dream Crushed. Thank you UG...
    Enix165
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: VERY misleading title I was expecting Crosstown Traffic roller coasters, Red House funhouses, and Love or Confusion tunnels of love. BIG difference between a park with a theme and a theme park, UG. I am disappoint.
    +200. D=
    emphaticleech
    Root Beer wrote: Jack2994 wrote: That's not a theme park... that's just a park... But sounds a good idea though. It's a park with a theme... By definition I think that makes it a theme park...
    A park with a theme is a "themed" park. Anyone else notice theme is a strange word?
    gbgg9409
    Sounds like UG is throwing out some really great ideas for rides. Maybe they should make it a theme park after all.
    johnyguitar
    TyM218 wrote: Hendrix estate must be trying to win back the record for "most cashed in on dead musician" from Michael Jackson's family.
    I think Elvis still leads in that catagory.....
    BigSpence
    Probably the most misleading UG article headline I've ever read. I thought it was going to be a stupid roller-coaster park with a Hendrix theme, but after reading the article, it sounds kinda cool.
    guitarplaya070
    snaaake wrote: Root Beer wrote: Jack2994 wrote: That's not a theme park... that's just a park... But sounds a good idea though. It's a park with a theme... By definition I think that makes it a theme park...If you actually knew the definition of "Theme park" you'd realize you sound like an idiot and your comment would not exist. Did you think everyone jumping on the title were just a bunch of mouthbreathers, or did you just not read the article? There's a reason for all the negative comments. To elaborate: theme park   noun an amusement park in which landscaping, buildings, and attractions are based on one or more specific themes, as jungle wildlife, fairy tales, or the Old West. amusement park   noun a large park equipped with such recreational devices as a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, roller coaster, etc., and usually having booths for games and refreshments. This is a park themed around Jimi Hendrix. It is a themed park. It is not a theme park. There are no rides. It is not an amusement park. It is more Central Park than Six Flags. For the record the only reason I'm so elaborately emphasizing the point is because it's late and I can't sleep.
    This. Great job UG... Better title, "Don't read this, you won't care."
    Sladey
    Skullivan wrote: Aha! A park, with a theme. Totally different from a "theme park." Good title UG, gettin a lot of views outta this one. Plus, PeenieMcGee303 wrote: I was thinkin' a "Kiss The Sky" Rollercoaster would be epic. This.
    Every time someone posts "This." as a full sentence, the English language dies a little bit more.. Nice idea with the themeD park, though..
    SaintsofNowhere
    Parkl wrote: It should be a 60's 70's theme park, but with more Hendrix than anything else. Hendrix is awesome, but to generate more revenue, the Beatles or Rolling Stones would pop up more than Hendrix.
    That's not gonna happen. Hendrix was from Seattle, so it makes sense for him to have a park there. And it's being organized and run by Experience Hendrix.
    gromitts
    this could be be awesome and be a great tribute to a great guitarist.... or be crud and a huge waste of money
    snaaake
    Root Beer wrote: Jack2994 wrote: That's not a theme park... that's just a park... But sounds a good idea though. It's a park with a theme... By definition I think that makes it a theme park...
    If you actually knew the definition of "Theme park" you'd realize you sound like an idiot and your comment would not exist. Did you think everyone jumping on the title were just a bunch of mouthbreathers, or did you just not read the article? There's a reason for all the negative comments. To elaborate:
    theme park   noun an amusement park in which landscaping, buildings, and attractions are based on one or more specific themes, as jungle wildlife, fairy tales, or the Old West. amusement park   noun a large park equipped with such recreational devices as a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, roller coaster, etc., and usually having booths for games and refreshments.
    This is a park themed around Jimi Hendrix. It is a themed park. It is not a theme park. There are no rides. It is not an amusement park. It is more Central Park than Six Flags. For the record the only reason I'm so elaborately emphasizing the point is because it's late and I can't sleep.
    TyM218
    Hendrix estate must be trying to win back the record for "most cashed in on dead musician" from Michael Jackson's family.
    rgt42dx
    it has potential if artfully done with all the trippy colors, levels, and structures. a stoner musician's paradise.
    /stab
    Seriously, who comes up with the titles for the articles on UG? Why are the so goddamn misleading...someone should do something about that...
    Skullivan
    Aha! A park, with a theme. Totally different from a "theme park." Good title UG, gettin a lot of views outta this one. Plus,
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: I was thinkin' a "Kiss The Sky" Rollercoaster would be epic.
    This.
    Lord_Doku
    the only way a new theme park with Jimi's name on it could work, is if the new theme park, hosting the theatrical play 'Hey Joe', the exciting ghost ride 'Purple Haze' and the thrilling aerial ride 'Little Wing' can only be entered by people carrying a jerrycan of gasoline and a lighter.
    PIMO
    lmao i though an amusement park with roller coasters and stuff like that haha but the idea is still cool though
    theblazinasian
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: VERY misleading title I was expecting Crosstown Traffic roller coasters, Red House funhouses, and Love or Confusion tunnels of love. BIG difference between a park with a theme and a theme park, UG. I am disappoint.
    +1 I too, am disappoint.
    rocker91
    h3nriqu3 wrote: I'm guessing this is where all the stoners will hang out now lol
    I hope you're right.
    seanfysco
    bassman434 wrote: a ride or attraction, that allows to feel what its like havin purple haze... ?
    If it's anything like the memorial in Renton there will be heroin needles for you to step on.
    Parkl
    It should be a 60's 70's theme park, but with more Hendrix than anything else. Hendrix is awesome, but to generate more revenue, the Beatles or Rolling Stones would pop up more than Hendrix.
    Jack2994
    That's not a theme park... that's just a park... But sounds a good idea though.
    Pagan_Poetry
    VERY misleading title I was expecting Crosstown Traffic roller coasters, Red House funhouses, and Love or Confusion tunnels of love. BIG difference between a park with a theme and a theme park, UG. I am disappoint.