Jimi Hendrix Park
Phase one of Jimi Hendrix Park, the newest feature in Seattle’s Judkins Park/Atlantic neighborhood, was unveiled this month, honoring the hometown music great for his artistic contributions to the world. Situated on 2.5 acres in the neighborhood where Hendrix spent part of his youth, the park has curved walkways, benches and a central plaza. Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation are collaborating on the project, including a shelter for amphitheater music performances planned for the Phase Two section of the park, scheduled to open in 2017. Additional fundraising is in the works for creation of a “wave wall” with silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix in the completed park.
The park features a grand entrance and stairway adorned with Jimi’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts Street and 25th Avenue South, and a timeline of Jimi’s life and career embedded in the pavement on the walkway toward the central plaza. Lyrics from the iconic Hendrix songs “Angel” and “Little Wing” are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline. Park landscaping includes rain gardens with native plants and a butterfly garden with flowering shrubs; 2400 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/jimi-hendrix-park and www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org).
Northwest African American Museum
The Northwest African American Museum, which opened in 2008, occupies the former Colman School, built in 1909, adjacent to Jimi Hendrix Park.
Permanent exhibit space includes the Journey Gallery that honors the journeys of African Americans to the Pacific Northwest and illustrates the history of their impact on local communities. The Northwest Gallery shares the history, art and culture of people of African descent, highlighting the intersections between these three concepts.
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Current exhibits include “Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts,” through March 19, 2017; “Artist Studio: Drawing Attention Outside the Lines” collection of African-American art; and, ending Sunday, Oct. 16, “100% Kanekalon: The Untold Story of the Marginalized Matriarch,” themed works by artist Tariqa Waters.
Upcoming exhibits (Oct. 29) include “Black Bodies in Propaganda,” 33 posters, most illustrating marketing strategies to recruit black citizens to join the military during the World War II era.
Northwest African American Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and free for everyone the first Thursday of each month; 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org).
The I-90 Trail, part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail, winds through neighborhood parks on its way to cross Lake Washington via the I-90 floating bridge. Popular with cyclists, the busy trail crosses Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South in the Atlantic/Judkins Park neighborhood. Sam Smith Park, at 1400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S., is a popular stopping point along the trail with a play area for children, picnic tables, off-leash dog area and tennis courts. Bikers and pedestrians use separated tunnels to reach I-90 past the park.
The I-90 Trail starts at Dr. José Rizal Park on Beacon Hill and ends in Bellevue, with connection points to other local bike trails; (www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/i-90-trail or www.seattleoutdoorsinfo.com/hiking-and-biking/seattle-biking/seattle-bike-trails/i-90-trail).
Judkins Park and Playfield
Judkins Park and Playfield, adjoining Jimi Hendrix Park and Sam Smith Park, covers a large area with greenery, trails, a skatepark, summer water spraypark and picnic tables. The park’s basketball courts and multiuse fields are popular year-round, and the park is kept well-lit at night. Ample parking is available; 2150 S Norman St., Seattle (www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/judkins-park-and-playfield).