The Smallest Park in the World is Mill Ends Park

Just goes to show, you don’t need a large lot if the location’s good.

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The smallest park in the world is Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon. You’re looking at it: 452 square inches, barely two feet across. The nearby Forest Park is 60 million times as big.

IT IS THE WORLD’S SMALLEST PARK

Mill Ends started in 1948, when Oregon Journal journalist Dick Fagan noticed a forgotten hole outside his office on Front Street. He planted flowers and began to write a weekly column about goings-on there, including “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland.”

THE PARK IS THE CREATION OF JOURNALIST DICK FAGAN

When Fagan died in 1969, Portland took up the tradition, dedicating Mill Ends as an official city park in 1976. Today it has a swimming pool for butterflies (with diving board), a miniature Ferris wheel, and statues, and it hosts snail races, weddings, and regular rose plantings.

A week before St. Patrick’s Day in 2013, someone stole the park’s one and only tree … only to return it one week later. 

Bizarre Statues From Around the World

While many statues commemorate a significant moment in history or an extraordinary life, other oddities exist for, well, other reasons. Some wacky statues revel in traditions of the avant-garde. Others simply grab people’s attention.

Strange statues are often controversial with the people who are forced to look at them on a day-to-day basis. But often, people learn to accept them as a marker of their city’s distinctive character.

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