Hendrix may have been all about the "Purple Haze" but his hometown of Seattle is remembering him with a green haze of grassy parkland, opening the Jimi Hendrix Park in the city's Central District last weekend. Johnny Allen Hendrix (later changed to James and shortened to Jimi) was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942 and grew up in various places around the city, his parents moving between cheap hotels and apartments depending on the finances (which were apparently always tight). 

Jimi Hendrix Park Seattle

Considered one of the greatest electric guitarists of all time, according to his bio Hendrix could neither read or write music and taught himself to play by listening to all the major blues artists like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf - when he got his first guitar in his teens. Hendrix's legacy is long with hits like "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", "Fire" and "Wild Thing" still influencing music and being added to killer playlists today.

The Jimi Hendrix Park is within walking distance of where Hendrix grew up and is a nostalgic green-framed trip into his world. According to Rolling Stone "...the lyrics to Hendrix's "Angel" and "Little Wing" are etched into the walkways, while another path modelled after the neck of a guitar is adorned by plaques detailing Hendrix's life. There are also Hendrix-inspire sculptures - like the "Shadow Wave Wall"... and a shaded performance stage."

Jimi Hendrix Park Seattle walkway

The park has been a long time dream of the City of the Seattle and the Jimi Hendrix estate with Hendrix's sister, Janie previously telling Rolling Stone, "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...I can honestly say that this musical garden is a fitting representation of Jimi's imagination. It is truly inspired."

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