The Smallest Park In The World

Mill Ends Park located in the median strip of SW Naito Parkway near SW Taylor Street in downtown in Portland Oregon is the world’s smallest park. The park is a circle 2 ft (0.61 m) across, with a total area of 452 sq in (0.292 m2).

In 1948, the site that would become Mill Ends Park was intended to be the site for a light pole. When the pole failed to appear and weeds sprouted in the opening, Fagan, a columnist for the Oregon Journal, planted flowers in the hole and named it after his column in the paper, “Mill Ends” (a reference to leftover irregular pieces of wood at lumber mills). Fagan’s office in the Journal building overlooked the median in the middle of the busy thoroughfare that ran in front of the building (then known as SW Front Avenue).

Fagan told the story of the park’s origin: He looked out the window and spotted a leprechaun digging in the hole. He ran down and grabbed the leprechaun, which meant that he had earned a wish. Fagan said he wished for a park of his own; but since he had not specified the size of the park in his wish, the leprechaun gave him the hole. Over the next two decades, Fagan often featured the park and its head leprechaun, named Patrick O’Toole, in his whimsical column.

via Bits & Pieces

I’m going to Portland this weekend and this showed up in the blogs I read today.

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One thought on “The Smallest Park In The World

  1. Have a fun, relaxed time on your vacation, Donna. We'll have to visit Oregon some day as it's the only state Jim hasn't been in. Portland sounds great from your past descriptions.

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