After years of planning and fundraising, Jimi Hendrix Park received a rock-star grand opening next to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle on Saturday.

“This is a tribute to one of the largest pioneers of the rock-and-roll industry and history,” said Michael “Wanz” Wansley, who emceed Saturday’s grand opening program. Wansley is best known for providing the chorus for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop.”

The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park was formed in 2009 by former NAAM deputy director Brian Carter, Juliet Vong, who is principal landscape architect at HBB Landscape Architecture, and Stephanie Johnson-Toliver.

The Seattle-born musician’s sister, Janie Hendrix, created the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation to be the fiscal sponsor and collect donations for the park friends group.

“Today we are standing in the warm light of my brother Jimi’s contributions and achievements, and Jimi Hendrix Park is a celebration of all of those achievements,” Hendrix said.

The design concept for the park is a deconstructed guitar, starting at the top of a new southeast entrance at 25th Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street. Etched into the concrete staircase, from the street to park, is Hendrix’s signature in purple.

A purple ribbon of concrete follows the winding sidewalk in the park, etched with lyrics from two Jimi Hendrix songs, “Angel” and “Little Wing.” Metal plates with chronological facts about the musician are found along the pathway, and represent guitar frets.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s metal shop created an information kiosk on the west side of the park, with metal purple Fender-style guitars on either side.

“Countless hours were spent working to design something truly representative of the creativity and uniqueness of Jimi’s story, life and career,” said Hendrix, who contributed more than $100,000 toward the park project.

Jimi Hendrix Park was put together in two phases, opening last October after the completion of “Fly on Little Wing.”

Special guests at the June 17 grand opening spoke under Jimi Hendrix Park’s most recent addition, a central shelter designed to resemble a butterfly’s wing, and part of Phase II of the project, “Are You Experienced?”

Project manager Maisha Barnett thanked the many contributors to the $2.2 million park project.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provided Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park with a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for design and construction documents, and then another $100,000 for Phase 2 elements. DON provided around $25,000 for Saturday’s grand opening.

Hard Rock International put $703,768 into the project and KISW added $500,000, as did the city of Seattle through its Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund. 4 Culture and King County’s “Building for Culture” fund provided $200,000.

King County Councilmember Larry Gossett said he was happy to prod fellow councilmembers into committing another $35,000 to the project.

Gossett said Jimi Hendrix was a self-taught musician, who incorporated the styles he grew up on with his own “black ghetto experience” to become one of the best rock-and-roll guitar players in history.

“This park will be here for as long as any of you see our rivers flowing,” Gossett said.

One final addition to Jimi Hendrix Park is the "Shadow Wave Wall" art piece, which will be in three pieces at the north end of the park. They will represent sound waves, with silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix on the two outside walls and his face on the middle section.

When Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park hit a financial snag with the wall, Sony Music Entertainment, which has a major licensing deal with Experience Hendrix LLC, stepped in with a $300,000 donation. Barnett tells the Capitol Hill Times an exact time for the wave wall installation has not yet been set.