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Viretta Park, Seattle

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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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  • This is a nice little pocket park in a fancy neighborhood. But unless you're one of the faithful who has to see where Kurt Cobain (founder of the band Nirvana) lived, this really isn't a destination. ...  more »
  • Following Kurt Cobain's death, his cremated ashes were scattered to the Pasific winds into the Wishkah River. Therefore anyone wishing to honour Cobain cannot visit a gravesite. During the time of a v...  more »
  • The place, is exactly part of the story of Nirvana, with Cobain in particular. The truth is that there are very few mentions or references to find the place. Although it is easy to find it once you arrive at the Park. Mysticism remains intact with the passage of the years. And the neighborhood is, today, even more contrasting with the grunge of the time spirit. The visit, worth even though they do not expect a sanctuary to Jimy Hendrix level. Maybe still does not know the city of Seattle assess the contribution of Nirvana. It is or will be, a matter of time!
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  • I went here of course, to see the house Kurt used to live in and the park he supposedly used to visit. It's a tiny little park, in an upper-middle class neighborhood. It is very relaxing and the Cobain bench is really neat.
  • Small park next door to Kurt Cobain's house. There are no official memorials, but several park benches have been turned into tributes to the man and the music. Very moving place. The perfect way to honor Kurt, and he would have liked it very much.
  • Really peaceful memorial to Kurt Cobain. As in the Aberdeen park, there are several groups of people coming from all over the world to remember Kurt in their own way. Bring an ink pen to write some lyrics on the bench, which has a direct view of the house he lived and died in (though it looks a lot different now). Overall, it's a nice place to sit and reflect and pay your own respects to a rock legend.
  • The beauty and the grunge feel of Seattle all wrapped up in one little park. Check out the beautiful Kurt Cobain house and put a flower or two (Maybe even a beer or cigarette) on his memorial bench. Turn around and take in the beauty of Seattle and the surrounding waters. Oh! And don't worry there's another bench that you can take a rest on.
  • Nice park across the street from the infamous former home of Kurt Cobain. Would have been 5 stars, but giving it 3 stars because of all of the naked dudes. No pictures available.

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