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article imageSeattle planning Jimi Hendrix park

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By Kevin Fitzgerald
Dec 5, 2011 in Entertainment
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Seattle - Legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix will be commemorated next year in Seattle when a park will be opened and named in his honor. Organizers hope to have the park open in time to mark what would have been the rock star's 70th birthday.
Organizers are planning the design of the park, which will be located on the site of the old Colman school in Seattle's Central District.
KOMO News 4 reports that the 2.5 acre park will likely include lyrical stepping stones, rain drums, a sculpted butterfly garden, performance area, sound garden and a green space.
During the summer, landscape architects Murase Associates held meetings and developed three park design options inspired by Hendrix. They came up with the options of a guitar, a spiral flower, and a butterfly. The group decided that the guitar-themed park design would likely be the best option.
According to King 5 News, the park is estimated to cost around $2 million to complete. So far, the project has about $400,000 to cover the design basics. Several fundraising events are planned for next year in order to complete the park.
The actual construction of the park is planned to commence later next year.
Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle on Nov. 27, 1942. Hendrix was known for hits, such as "Foxy Lady" and "Purple Haze". He also was one of the featured musicians to play at the Woodstock music festival. Hendrix died of a drug overdose at the age of 27, and is buried in a cemetery located in Renton, WA. A statue of Hendrix holding a guitar sits on Broadway Ave. in Seattle.
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