VPR-v03sm.jpg Viretta Park Repair (VPR) aims to ecologically restore and repair Seattle's Viretta Park while preserving the park's mix of developed and natural areas through collaborative work parties and community building. Utilizing the principles of permaculture, the effort will create a park that serves both as an urban neighborhood escape as well as a destination to remember and celebrate the life of Kurt Cobain and the music of Nirvana with creative memorial installations that reflect both the character of the park and the creativity of the band and the dedication of fans that visit the park.


Current logo on our Viretta Park Repair Facebook Page.

Viretta Park Repair volunteers and fans of Kurt Cobain pose for a shot at Viretta Park on Kurt Cobain's 44th Birthday on Feb 20, 2011.

Please stay tuned for future work parties

In case you missed our big first work party on Feb 20, 2011, Kurt's birthday, or our other work parties since then, fear not! More work parties are being scheduled to take place really soon!

Volunteers wrangle a tangle of ivy down to the street.

Update: Yes, we pulled off our big first big work party on the 20th of February! Check out the great KOMO 4 TV story (with video too)! The Seattle Times also ran a column about the memorial aspect of the project. We still need your help to spread the word and show up with your friends for future events! We’ll help lift the gloom and doom from years of neglect of the park by removing invasive weeds that have gone out of control and spend the second half sheet mulching for future planting in the natural areas. Bring your ideas how you would like to see the park changed, what plants you would like to see (colorful flowers, perennial edibles, groundcovers, medicinal plants, natives, vines, insectiary plants, low canopy plants, plants to glean from, et cetera) and ideas for a proper memorial for Kurt Cobain. Let’s think beyond the benches! This will be the first of many work parties, don’t miss out on the first big event! Please contact us to RSVP so we can have enough gear for all the volunteers who are coming to help. For our first party people came all the way from Arizona, California and BC, Canada! Wahoo!

Viretta Park is located at 151 Lake Washington Blvd. E, Seattle, WA 98122 (Google Map). Meet at the North park bench in the lower developed part of the park just above and to the West of Lake Washington Boulevard. Denny Blaine Park offers some nearby parking a block to the Northeast.

Archive: Our very first VPR work party was Sunday, February 20, 2011 from 10 AM to 2:00 PM to coincide with what would have been Kurt Cobain's 44th birthday (he was born on February 20, 1967).

Social networking[]

Please join our Viretta Park Repair Facebook Page.

We can also be found on Twitter


VPR work party sign.

Want to collaborate with the project or show up for one of our work parties? Of course you do! Let's get the ball rolling! Please contact us so we know you are interested! Our email address is or you can contact us through our VPR Facebook Page or talk page Thank you!

Share your recollections, work party ideas, park design ideas, memorial ideas, concerns, comments, et cetera on the project's talk page. Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes; this will automatically produce your name and the date.


We need people who can help with outreach and advertising! Contact us if you are interested!

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Primary areas of concern[]

Viretta Park, seen from above (that is, from the upper side of this steeply sloped park). You can see the large holly tree behind the other foreground trees on the right.

The challenge: While areas of the park are listed as "developed", a quick tour of the landscape suggests otherwise. Despite the fact that Nirvana fans continue to make the park a major destination, the condition of the park has slipped into a sad state, with the majority of the natural area and even more formal areas infested with invasive plants. The park suffers from an outdated landscape design and a lack of imagination and involvement by the community. There is very little interaction with the park beyond fans visiting the benches and very little interaction with the flora.

Yes, YOU can be part of the solution! See the talk page for a discussion of issues as well as ideas for a memorial, general comments from fans, the public and the neighbors.

About Viretta Park[]

The following text is taking from the Viretta Park article on Wikipedia:

Viretta Park is a 1.8 acre 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 north of the former home of Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz and 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) to pay tribute to the musician. The park's benches 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 Parks Department has neglected to put any restroom facilities in the area for people to use and we may or may not have a portable toilet for our work parties. Some may choose to go in the bushes or behind trees, however, that is *not legal*, and if done improperly, can lead to some hygiene problems and problems with the community. So if you want to be legal or you need to go #2, the closest parks with restroom facilities (usually but not always open) include Madrona Park to the South and Madison Park to the North. To get to Madrona Park go South on Lake Washington Blvd. past Madrona Drive and you will see a picnic area and restroom facility. Note: the men's restroom has no stall doors (beware!), women's does though. To get to Madison Park go North on Lake Washington Blvd, Turn right/North on McGilvra, turn right/East on Madison and go all the way to the end and you will see the Madison Park Shelterhouse where there are shady restrooms). One person has suggested that a good solution would be to add a composting toilet in the area that can serve all the parks in the area. Viretta Park, which is centrally located in relation to Howell, Denny Blaine, Lake Washington Boulevard and Lakeview is a prime candidate.

Getting started[]

  • Schedule group permaculture site analysis and identify zones.
    • First we need to get a good map of the Park. Daniel asked for one from Parks.
  • Priority starting point. Start with what we agreed to with Jillian and get the invasives out of the lower part of the hill zone which is relatively flat.
  • Organize work parties with Kurt Cobain/Nirvana fans, other GSP volunteers and neighbors.
  • Since much of the activity in the park centers around memorializing Nirvana's singe Kurt Cobain we should enlist his fans to come out to clean out the park.
  • Put up signs in the park advertising a work party? Music?
    • Parks is being confusing about how much time ahead of event we can have work party sign up in the park. Daniel has submitted a disclosure request to seek clarification on the policy.
  • Advertise
    • Daniel is doing a press release. Tara has asked a radio station in BC to put the word and several other Seattle based radio stations such as KISW and 107.7 The End. As well Tara has contacted such businesses as E.M.P, The Showbox, the Crocodile Cafe, Easy Street Records, Tower Records and Sub Pop Records to see if these companies are willing to post a flyer in their business as a way to help spread the word. Bloggers are blogging. Twitter folks are tweeting.
  • Get Viretta Park to be listed on GSP's parks.


In order to jumpstart the project Daniel Johnson, who founded the group and has since limited his involvement due to personal conflicts, met with representatives from Seattle Parks & Recreation and Green Seattle Partnership in 2010. Jillian Weed (City of Seattle/GSP + no longer with GSP) and Karen Stener (Parks & Rec, Central East Gardener 2 (now working the the WA State Arboretum)) and Jon Martin (Parks and Rec, Central East District Crew Chief) made a short appearance. The group also looked at areas of Lake Washington Blvd and Lakeview Park which are all relatively close to Viretta.


Collaborative effort[]

  • The Cobain Memorial - and The Cobain Memorial Myspace Page. Andre Anderson has offered help with website and outreach. Links are now up for our work party on both sites! Thanks Andre!
  • We are participating in "a study with the University of Washington's School of Forest Resources on volunteering and environmental stewardship" with staff at the College of the Environment.


Below is a wish list of people and organizations we would love to collaborate with! Some have already been contacted and we are working out how to collaborate and move forward.


The neighbors! Let's see more neighborhood events and volunteer efforts!

Viretta Pak -- Site Was Used As A Play Area] Wednesday, April 10, 1996 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Neighborhood groups[]

Non profit groups[]

Invasives on site[]

English ivy (Hedera helix), English holly (Ilex aquifolium), clematis a.k.a. traveler's joy or old man's beard (Clematis vitalba), himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) and evergreen blackberry (not to be confused with our local well-behaved trailing blackberry, Rubus ursinus). They're all over Seattle and Green Seattle Partnership has been teaming up with locals to remove and restore infested areas. We also consider turf invasive as it appears to invade natural areas and beds. Check out GSP's page on weed specific removal for best management practices on how to properly remove these invasive plants and more. You can also learn about the "sinister six invasives" from the Forest Park Conservancy

External links[]


Other coverage is provided by our collaborative partners. See links above.




  • kurtsangelwings RT @swreverb Nirvana Fans Hosting a Reunion/Workparty at Viretta Park on Sunday, What Would .. Feb 19, 2011 via TweetMeme
  • TheGrungeScene Nirvana Fans Hosting a Reunion/Workparty at Viretta Park on Sunday, What Would Have Been Kurt Cobain's 44th Birthday Feb 18, 2011 via web
  • kclvr Viretta park repair getting media attention news crews will be on site covering the event! Feb 18, 2011 via Twitter for BlackBerry®
  • pdxnewsnow Kurt Cobain fans restoring park near Seattle home: Grunge music fans typically gather at Viretta Park on the ann... Feb 18, 2011 via twitterfeed
  • breakingPDXnews Kurt Cobain fans restoring park near Seattle home: Grunge music fans typically gather at Viretta Park on the... Feb 18, 2011 via
  • kclvr @mayormcginn could u RT an event happening in Seattle aims to repair Viretta Park Feb 18, 2011 via Twitter for BlackBerry®
  • kclvr @1077TheEnd Do you think you could RT this to help spread the word? #nirvana #kurtcobain Feb 17, 2011
  • 1077TheEnd Have you been to the Cobain bench? @kclvr wants to keep it nice for the future - RT -@gregr1077 Feb 17, 2011
  • junglecity ニルヴァーナのファンが、故カート・コバーンの44回目の誕生日に当たる2/20(日)、コバーンが亡くなった自宅近くにあるViretta Parkから外来生物種を除去する作業を行います。周辺環境をファンにも近隣住民にも良いものにするためだそう。 1:45 PM Feb 16th via HootSuite
  • alvinissimo RT @rawexuberance #Nirvana fans plan to do Seattle park work Sun [Feb 20 Kurt's 44th bday] #Cobain #Viretta Park Repair 10:07 PM Feb 15th via Echofon
  • rawexuberance Daniel L Johnson #Nirvana fans plan to do Seattle park work Sunday [Feb 20, 2011]… (Seattle P-I Blog) #Cobain #Viretta Park Repair 15 Feb 2011
  • permagriculture RT @kurtsangelwings Viretta Park Repair: http://permacult... 13 Feb 2011
  • kurtsangelwings Kurt Cobain Park under repair can u help,wish i could.... 13 Feb 2011
  • taraden tara #Nirvana fans PLEASE come to this event on Kurt's birthday...... Viretta Park Repair 11 Feb 2011
  • kclvr kclvr Viretta Park Repair #Nirvana fans... please come to this event on Kurt's birthday! 11 Feb 2011
  • TheGrungeScene The Grunge Scene #Nirvana The Kurt Cobain Memorial: Viretta Park Repair. Come help repair Kurts Park on Kurt's Birthday 10 Feb 2011
  • rawexuberance Daniel L Johnson Join me in creating a new effort to restore Viretta Park in Seattle. Introducing Viretta Park Repair! 23 Jan 2011