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Viretta Park, Seattle

(4.3/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
Viretta Park is a 1.8acre park in the Denny-Blaine neighborhood of Seattle, Washington at the foot of E. John Street at 39th Avenue E., stretching down to Lake Washington Boulevard E. It was named by Charles L. Denny after his wife, Viretta Jackson Denny. It is located to the south of the former home of Kurt Cobain, where he died. Nirvana fans gather at the park on the anniversary of Cobain's death (April 5), and to a lesser extent on his birthday (Feb 20), to pay tribute to the musician.The park's wooden benches, serving as the de facto memorial to Kurt Cobain, are covered with graffiti messages to the rock icon. There has been much speculation over the years on whether the name of the park should be changed to "Kurt's Park", due to the late rock icons large fan base.Howard Schultz controversyThe first version of Friends of Viretta Park group was formed by area neighbors during a controversy with former neighbor and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who formerly lived to the South. Schultz later moved to a new residence.Viretta Park RepairIn 2010 a group known as Viretta Park Repair was formed, according to its website: "to repair and restore Seattle's Viretta Park and looks to create a memorial for Nirvana's singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain who died next door to the park". Its first work party was scheduled on Kurt Cobain's 44th birthday on Saturday, February 20, 2011. Volunteers came from all over the Western portion of the United States and SW Canada. The next series of scheduled work parties scheduled for March 13, 2011 and April 5, 2011 were shut down by Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams after a neighbor complained about memorial events and sculpture that do not exist, but which were actually scheduled for Aberdeen, Washington.
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  • We wandered around for months waiting for the right opportunity to go, it's worth if he or she a fan of Kurt. I went in the car, simply by setting the Navigator who made me do a beautiful road along the Lake. The area seemed very rich and with beautiful houses and just before the park entrance there is a small centre with restaurants, a Marina etc.. You can't Park your car in front of the bench or in front of what used to be the home of Kurt, you have to go down a little bit and there's a small parking lot on the Lake. The House is rather barricade and the owner put external cameras, I read around that it annoys me to see people who will stop to make pictures. And in general the residents look very bad people who go there specifically to see the bench ... that if you're fan deserves at least to be able to say "I was there!" Cmq does a little effect in General, I caught the classic wet day and winter in Seattle, maybe not the season to go. But I liked it a lot!
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  • Having seen this park & that house in the news and in lots of documentaries growing up, this place, rightly or wrongly, is a must-see for fans of Kurt / Nirvana and those on a grunge pilgramage. We we...  more »
  • I am so happy I got to come here! It was quiet and serene. The park is an unofficial memorial to Kurt Cobain. It is located next this his home. There are views of his house. It is near Lake Washington...  more »
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  • Cute little "park" it's really just 2 benches next to the infamous Kurt Cobain home. It's a nice place to sit and relax. Quiet neighbor, right next to the water.
  • It was surreal to be here. Listen to Kurt's music and loved it. Paid respects.
  • A must for any Nirvana and Cobain fan. A sad memory of a music giant who got me and millions more into great music. A small and not kept park behind Kurt's house with two benches to leave your mark.
  • This is just one bench under a tree with no view of Kurt's house due to overgrown plants. It's tiny and really out of the way not much to see. It's a 30 min drive for 5 minutes with of sights. Their is no parking you have to park in the neighborhood.
  • Somber with tears shed for the loss of the voice of my generation. May he be in peace from his inner turmoil.