Jimi Hendrix Park Breaks Ground in Seattle

A two-and-a-half acre stretch of land marked to honor its hometown guitar hero.

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The City of Seattle finally broke ground on the long-planned Jimi Hendrix Park, marking a two-and-a-half acre stretch of land adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle's Central District to honor its hometown guitar hero, Hennemusic reports.

Rolling Stone reports the park's organizers, the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, envision the park as being a place where people of different backgrounds will find the motivation to explore music and art, while celebrating Seattle's cultural heritage, experiencing community pride and appreciating the programming of the museum next door.

The bulk of the construction will take place in 2015.

City officials, volunteers of the park committee and area residents were all present at the ceremony. At the groundbreaking, Scott Murase – the design principle of Murase Associates of Seattle, which will be working on the park's second phase – exclaimed, "Let the Experience begin!"

"Every project endorsed by our family which bears Jimi's name is meaningful to us, but this park holds special significance," the rock legend's sister, Janie Hendrix – who is also the president and CEO of Experience Hendrix, LLC – commented. "Seattle will always be Jimi's home. This very area is where Jimi grew up, where his dreams were cultivated and his creative energy awakened, in many ways. So to see this amazing place of beauty, dedicated to Jimi and his artistry, blossom into reality is indescribably fulfilling. Having been involved in each facet of the park's creation, I can honestly say that this musical garden is a fitting representation of Jimi's imagination. It is truly inspired."

Meanwhile, the Jimi Hendrix documentary, "Hear My Train A Comin'," which aired on PBS last year, has earned two Emmy nominations for the upcoming August 25th ceremony.

The film about the life of the guitar legend was nominated for "Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming," as well as for "Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming."

Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the package features an array of special features highlighted by never-before-released film footage, including performances filmed at Miami Pop, the July 1970 New York Pop Festival and the September 6, 1970 Love & Peace Festival at the Isle of Fehmarn in Germany - the final performance by Hendrix.

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    Awesome. Been a Hendrix fan for many years,would love to go check it out after it's completed.
    I love the idea of a park, but seeing the cheesy cement walls and silly iconography and whole GREENBELT mentality misses the mark completely. Jimi favored Moroccan design themes, was utterly dedicated to original ideas and probably would be embarrassed by the manicured grounds and stuffy presentation of this dubious shrine. I see Janie and her badvisors just cashing in on history and oblivious to a lot of the taste and purity mandates her brother is so famous for. I'm no hater, which is a stupid adjective anyway, but Al mowed a lot of lawns in his day, and I betcha his son would wince and make a funny, disgusted, if he saw this white, upper middle-class exercise in corporate placement and promotion, just as Kurt would need a barf-bag for his statue. So painful for me! Yoko, C*ntney and now Janie -- all off-kilter, ambitious, guided by shylock-types and doing no service to my three favorite human beings. What's next. a Burroughs monument by Mapplethorpe? It's hard to tell, but I'm full of only love and admiration for even those who profit errantly from my Haley's Comet friends and heroes. Go ahead!
    Thought there was some earthquake that happened to the site of the park.