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Mill Ends Park, Portland

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Mill Ends Park is a tiny urban park located in the median strip of SW Naito Parkway, approaching esplanade along the Willamette River near SW Taylor Street in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. The park is a small circle 2ft across, with a total area of 452sqin. It is the smallest park in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, which first granted it this recognition in 1971.HistoryIn 1948 the site that would become Mill Ends Park was intended to be the site for a light pole. When the pole failed to appear and weeds sprouted in the opening, Dick Fagan, a columnist for the Oregon Journal, planted flowers in the hole and named it after his column in the paper, "Mill Ends" (a reference to leftover irregular pieces of wood at lumber mills). Fagan's office in the Journal building overlooked the median in the middle of the busy thoroughfare that ran in front of the building (then known as SW Front Avenue).The park was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day, 1948, as "the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland," according to Fagan.LegendFagan told the story of the park's origin: He looked out the window and spotted a leprechaun digging in the hole. He ran down and grabbed the leprechaun, which meant that he had earned a wish. Fagan said he wished for a park of his own; but since he had not specified the size of the park in his wish, the leprechaun gave him the hole. Over the next two decades, Fagan often featured the park and its head leprechaun in his whimsical column. Fagan claimed to be the only person who could see the head leprechaun, Patrick O'Toole.
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  • What you see is what you get, a tiny park, about the size of a coffee table, but what a hoot, and what a great photo op! Check it off your bucket list. "See the world's smallest city park?" Check! Not...  more »
  • When doing a "What to see in Portland" search, I saw Mill Ends. As a fan of Parks and Recreation, I HAD to see the actual World's Smallest Park. It is right by the waterfront, but in the middle of a c...  more »
  • What makes this site is the history and stories behind it. And you're not going to get this unless you go on a tour, such as the "Secrets Of Portlandia Free Walking Tour." The smell of a homeless pers...  more »
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  • This beautiful park is always changing with the seasons. It's a little bit of peace in a concrete jungle, and I'm so glad that they decided to protect it and save it for our children. It can seem like the vegetation changes very quickly, so go back regularly to enjoy new sights and see a very dynamic ecosystem.
  • I may just be sentimental, but as a native Portlander, I am proud of the world's smallest park. I think it is definately worth seeing on a visit to Portland.
  • What a nice park! This is where the naked bike ride left from in 2017
  • Unfortunately you can still hear the nearby traffic, otherwise it's a nice way to escape the City.
  • I love this park!!!! There's literally something to do here everyday and the options can meet the needs of anyone. The beauty of the park alone summons the interests of many but the unlimited potential for adventure keeps people coming back.I personally love the nature of green plush trees and being able to enjoy the environment with other park enthusiasts.The museums are also awesome! The park has an ample amount of parking.There are also food trucks during the weekends. The Japanese Tea Garden is breathtaking and has one of the most beautiful landscapes on the west-coast.There's always something to do here and every moment is simply the best at this park. The more you engage in activities at this park, the better you feel.Great place to visit!

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