Mill Ends Park, the world’s smallest urban park, is in Portland, Oregon. Located in the median of SW Naito Parkway and measuring approximately two feet wide, Mill Ends resembles more of a planter than a traditional park and is rumored to be home to a colony of leprechauns.
Dick Fagan of the Oregon Journal created the legend of Mill Ends in his weekly column of the same name. After noticing that the light post that was meant to go in the park’s current location never arrived, Fagan took it upon himself to plant flowers in the empty area.
Fagan’s stories described the park as “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland,” according to the City of Portland. In celebration of Mill Ends’ mythical Irish origins, the park was dedicated on St. Patrick’s Day in 1948. It earned the title of “World’s Smallest Park” from the Guinness Book of Records in 1971 and became an official city park five years later.
Throughout its history, Mill Ends Park has featured an assortment of decorations, including a variety of trees, a miniature Ferris wheel and leprechaun figures. When officials from Burntwood, England claimed their town’s park to be the world’s smallest because it was fenced in, Mill Ends soon had a small fence around its perimeter and a figure of an armed guard.