Here’s The Smallest Park In The World
What do you guys think are the criteria that make up a park? Well, for starters, it would need to be outside, right? It should also have some grass, some trees, and be a place for people to relax and unwind surrounded by nature. But while all of this is fine and true, how small can a one be before it no longer is considered one? By looking at Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, it seems that the criteria are pretty loose.
This is, in fact, the smallest in the world. The site was originally intended to be a placeholder for an upcoming light pole. But as time went on, the pole failed to materialise, all sorts of weeds began growing there. One day in 1948, Dick Fagan, a columnist for the Oregon Journal, planted some flowers and named it after his column in the paper, “Mill Ends”.
Legend has it that Dick Fagan was drawn there by a leprechaun who gave him one wish. And that wish was for Fagan to have a park of his own. It was dedicated on St. Patrick’s Day, 1948, as “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland”, according to Fagan. Now, Fagan died back in 1969, but his park lives on. Over the years, it had several facelifts, going from a simple planter to a swimming pool for butterflies, complete with a diving board and a horseshoe. It also served as an army base of sorts for tiny plastic soldiers.
Mill Ends was not spared from its own share of controversy. Officials from the town of Burntwood in England complained to Guinness that their own Prince’s Park is actually the smallest in the world, even checking some other possible criteria that make up a park – like a fence for instance. In response, the people of Portland also built a tiny fence around Mill Ends.