The World’s Smallest Park
Mill Ends was originally supposed to be the site of a light pole, but for some reason, the pole never arrived and weeds began to sprout from the hole. Dick Fagan, a columnist for the Oregon Journal, whose office overlooked the tiny park, noticed the derelict patch of land and decided to do something about it. He started planting foliage there and even came up with a special column in the local paper dedicated to Mill Ends Park.
He managed to create a whole story around the place, including leprechauns living there that only he could see, and tiny shamrocks growing inside the other plants.
Fagan even told the story of how Mill Ends came to be. He was looking outside the window of his office one day, and saw a leprechaun digging in the light pole hole. The journalist ran down and grabbed the leprechaun, called Patrick O’Toole, a feat that earned him a wish. Fagan said he wished for a park of his own, but didn’t specify the size, so he got the hole. Dick Fagan died of cancer in 1969, but by that time, Mill Ends was already a Portland landmark.
The city of Portland acquired Mill Ends in 1976 and the light pole site officially became a city park. Over the years, locals made all kind of contributions to the tiny park, from small swimming pools, diving boards for butterflies to tiny statuettes and figurines. Since 1971, it has held the Guinness record of world’s smallest park.
Throughout the years, the park managed to spark quite the controversy for its size. In 2013, someone stole the only tree in Mill Ends, a Douglas Fir Tree, and event that sparked national media attention. Authorities quickly replaced it, but the original tree was also returned and replanted in another local park.
That same year, representatives of Princes Park, in Burntwood, in Staffordshire, England, challenged Mill Ends for the title of world’s smallest park. Based on the definition of the word “park” on the website Dictionary.com, they claimed Mill Ends was nothing more than “a glorified flower pot” and didn’t deserve its title. However, Guinness apparently disagreed, as Mill Ends remains the world’s smallest park.
- India reports 4,077 new Covid deaths as UP police try to keep sacred ...10:47 PM | 16 May, 2021
- OIC resolution calls upon Israel to stop rights violations, terrorism ...09:52 PM | 16 May, 2021
- PIA plane carrying 1 million doses of Sinovac vaccine lands in ...08:49 PM | 16 May, 2021
- Biden phones Netanyahu, Abbas as death toll in Israeli airstrikes on ...07:54 PM | 16 May, 2021
- Cyclone Tauktae – Heavy rains kill 4, affect over 42,000 in Sri ...06:14 PM | 16 May, 2021
- ‘New beginnings’ – Ghana Ali all set to tie the knot01:19 PM | 16 May, 2021
- MD Glam on why women should say no to skincare products made from ...10:01 AM | 16 May, 2021
- Ayeza Khan celebrates 9 million Insta followers in style10:06 PM | 15 May, 2021
- Top cricketers who married athletes09:20 PM | 8 May, 2021
- 10 Tips for Success during the Last Ashra of Ramadan08:26 PM | 7 May, 2021
- Stars who have insured their body parts07:06 PM | 4 May, 2021
- Best-dressed Stars at Oscars Red Carpet 202105:52 PM | 2 May, 2021