World’s Smallest Park: 2-Foot Circle in the Middle of a Street
Write-up by Urbanist, filed underneath Travel & Areas in the International class.
Originally designed to residence a lamp post, this unassuming spot in Portland, Oregon, was left empty right up until a neighborhood journalist took it upon himself to declare it a park, naming it Mill Ends right after his column in the regional paper.
The earthen concrete-enclosed spot, outdoors the Oregon Journal workplace of writer Dick Fagan and located between lanes and medians, had began to sprout weeds right up until one particular evening in the 1940s he declared it a park. In a match of fancy, he claimed it was occupied by leprechaun Patrick O’Toole and started printing stories about the space and its resident.
Even though only Fagan seemed to see its miniature occupant, his editorials claimed the area need to be topic to the city’s park guidelines, including curfews. Soon ample, it was a local, then nationwide, then global legend (even though some outsiders mistakenly know it as ‘Mill’s End’).
Nowadays, the beloved micro-park even sports activities a indicator explaining its background and origins, also showing its authentic spot in the context of surrounding structures.
Even though regularly occupied by a single tree these days, the circular anomaly has featured everything from a swimming pool and diving board (for butterflies and, presumably, leprechauns) and a miniature Ferris wheel (also obviously for little occupants of the park). It was even relocated at one point to accommodate building construction in the location. (Photographs by Duk, brx0, Piutus, Craig Dietrich)