The world's smallest park is like a flower pot
You have not mistaken that the image of a commonplace sink is Mill Ends, a mini-park on the bustling Naito Parkway, along the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Oregon, USA.
Especially, this park is about the size of a flowerpot, with a diameter of 0.61 m and an area of 0.292m2. It is the smallest park in the world, recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
Mill Ends Park is really small, so it's just enough space for a "tiny" tree. That means you only have a few seconds to walk around the park.
Before it became a park, Mill Ends was planned as a lamp post in 1946. However, the light pole is not seen anywhere, only the countless weeds growing around the pit.
Witnessing the incident, Dick Fagan, a reporter for the Oregon Journal, decided to plant the flower himself in the pit and named it "Mill Ends" in one of his articles. Fagan started to get noticed by articles about Mill Ends and described it as a park with many "elite" inhabitants living there.
Fagan tells the story of the origin of the park: one day he looked out of the office window and found a goblin digging in the pit. Immediately he ran down to grab this goblin and got a wish. Fagan wished to have a park of his own, but because of "forget" not to mention the size so the goblin gave him this hole.
Just two years later, Fagan inaugurated the park on St. Patrick's Day with only one tree and he was the one who called it "the world's smallest park."
During the next two decades, Fagan often wrote articles about the park and the goblin living there and made it known to many. He states that he is the only one who can see the goblin and calls it Patrick O'Toole.
After Fagan died of cancer in 1969, his small park survived and was taken care of by others. Just as St. Patrick's Day in 1976, Mill Ends officially became a park, under the management of the Portland government. The park is grown grass, planted flowers and watered regularly.
The park continues to be chosen as the venue for St. Patrick's Day and other events such as Clan Macleay Pipe Band concerts, picnics or roses planting.
In March 2013, a rare event occurred - the only tree in the park was stolen. Shortly thereafter, the government planted another plant to replace it. However, just one day later, a passer-by found the stolen tree next to the tree.
Also in 2013, officials from Burntwood town, Staffordshire, England, complained to the Guinness Book of Records that Mill Ends is not big enough to be a park.
They claim that Prince's Park, Britain's smallest park deserves world records because it "has a fence," and Mill Ends is not. In response, volunteers in the United States set up a fence a few inches high and a plastic "armed guard" around the park.
By 2018, the Portland administration installed a miniature park billboard and added roses.
Mill Ends may not have as much spectacular scenery as many other national parks in the United States, but it still attracts attention thanks to its uniqueness. Visitors to Portland will not forget to visit Naito Parkway to take a photo with this tiny park.
By: Roxana Edwards