The Smallest Park in the World

Mill Ends Park is a tiny urban park located on a crossroad in Portland, Oregon, United States. The park is a circle 0,61 m across and a total area 0,292 sq.m. It is officially the smallest park in the world (it’s been granted in 1971 and listed in the Guinness Book of Records).

The park was created in 1948 by Dick Fagan, a columnist for Oregon Journal. The city Government planned to place a light pole, but it failed to happen and in the left opening weeds started sprouting, so Fagan decided to plant his first flowers.

The park was dedicated to the St. Patricks Day and named “The only leprechaun colony west of Ireland”. Fagan himself would tell a fantastic story of the park’s origin: through a window he saw not a simple opening, but a leprechaun who was digging in there. He came out and grabbed the leprechaun and according to the legend, he earned a wish.

Fagan wished his own park, but didn’t specify the size, and the leprechaun gave him the hole where he was caught.  Over the next two decades, Fagan often featured the park and the leprechaun in his column. The columnist claimed that the leprechaun’s name was Patrick O’Toole and he was the only one who could see him.

Over the decades, in the small park different things can be found – a pool for butterflies, a tramp, horseshoes, a tiny fragment of the Journal building, and even a small Ferris wheel. On a St. Patricks Day in 2001 a small statue of a leprechaun with a pot of gold, and kids paintings of leprechauns and four-leaf-clovers appeared in the park. The park is a central site of celebrating St. Patricks Day; festivals and concerts are taken there.

Fagan died in 1969, but since then the park is been looked after by other people. In 1976 it was named an official city park.

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