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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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  • Many people gravitate to this park not because it's a great park but because of it's connection with Kurt Cobain. If you have a strong connection with him & his music then this would make a good place...  more »
  • Overlooking Lake Washington, this spot is pretty impressive. Quaint area and peaceful spot. The memorial bench was nice and seemed to always have flowers from fans and had markers available for guests...  more »
  • This is a pretty impressive spot, the bench overlooks Lake Washington. I would have to assume many songs & poems have been written on this bench. Beautiful, Haunting, Quiet & Cozy. A bathroom would be...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Meant a lot to me to come here. You really feel like one with the culture when you stand at that bench and look up at the house (well, the tip of it anyway). A great place to pay respects to one of my heroes.
  • A small green lot next to the former home of Kurt Cobain. An unexpectedly beautiful view of Lake Washington can be seen from the park. Don't forget to leave a flower on the Kurt Cobain memorial bench.
  • Tiny little park next to Kurt Cobain's house. If u appreciate his music u should visit at least once.

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