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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 in Seattle, 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.
The 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.
In 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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  • I always love stopping at Viretta Park when in Seattle just to see where Kurt and Courtney lived as a family all those years ago. It’s like a time capsule in my mind. The park is still there will one ...  more »
  • if you're a fan of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, the visit to this tiny little park will take you back in time. not much to it really, but it's a peaceful place, right next to the home where Kurt died, so ...  more »
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  • There isn't much here so don't set your expectations super high and you won't be disappointed. Basically a small local park with no parking, nice little relaxing spot overlooking the lake, but the main reason everyone visits are the benches which have been turned into pseudo shrines to Kurt Cobain. The house he lived in is next door to the park but don't expect to see it. The current owners deserve their privacy and have made sure you can't see the house. Other than that it is a neat spot to stop and checkout what others have left at and on the benches.
  • Several people gathered on April 5 2019 to remember Kurt Cobain. A beautiful soul with firey red hair and European accent has set up the flag and the candles. People were bringing flowers, singing, talking. This was a beautiful moment with people from all around the world gathered to remember a beautiful young man.

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