Portland and Mill Ends Park

Portland and Mill Ends Park

Parks, which are designed as places to breathe in the city, are generally known as large areas adorned with various trees, greenery and flowers.

City administrations make special efforts for the construction and maintenance of parks to open up spaces to relax the city people, to beautify the city… Put all this information aside and meet the smallest park in the world: Mill Ends Park… This park in Portland, Oregon, USA, is not a park where you can stay alone, because the park is only two feet wide.

Here is the story of the park… Journalist Dick Fagan, after returning from the World War II, continued his career at Oregon Magazine. His office window was looking at Naito Parkway. In this square there was an unused soil area that could be called a pothole. Weeds were constantly running out of it. Fagan tried to transform this small area by planting flowers instead of weeds. His efforts yielded results, and instead of weeds, flowers began to grow in this small area. Fagan, in his own way, declared it the smallest park in the world and dedicated it to St. Patrick’s Day in 1948.

Dick Fagan died in 1969, but the Mill Ends, he presented to the world is still protected today. In 1971, Guinness registered Mill Ends as the Smallest Park in the World. In 1976, again on St. Patrick’s Day, the city government accepted the park as the city’s official park. Those who go to Portland today may not be able to take a walk in this small park, which is famous only for its small size, but take so many photos!