Janie Hendrix says brother Jimi is smiling down on Seattle
SEATTLE — The final design for the Jimi Hendrix Park was unveiled and while there won’t be any purple haze, there will be bright colors and interesting features to adorn the singer’s legacy.
We found Jim Houston strumming his guitar in Seattle’s Jimi Hendrix Park, so we asked him to play some Hendrix. He did, telling us his favorite Hendrix song is “All Along the Watchtower.” He said he’s glad the park will be dedicated to honoring the singer.
The design combines a spiral flower shape with a guitar. There will be sound walls, a small stage and some tucked away spots for things like quiet picnics. Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix says she’s excited for the development to start.
“People can come and pay homage and kids can play, fly kites in a neighborhood we all grew up in,” says Janie.
The price tag for the project is $2 million. A little more than a quarter of that has already been raised. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is trying to raise the rest of it. Construction is slated to start at the end of the year.
The hope is to have most of the park completed by Jimi’s 70th birthday next year.