Portland, Oregon: World's Smallest ParkOfficially designated as a city park in 1948. All 452 square inches of it. It's between the traffic lanes in the walkway between two posts. Received Guinness recognition in 1971.
Mill Ends Park
- 899 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR
- Along the west shore of the river at the corner of SW Naito Pkwy and Taylor St. It's between the traffic lanes in the walkway between two posts.
Visitor Tips and News About World's Smallest Park
One must remember this park is located in an urban environment and small enough to go unnoticed by some locals. I was approached by an upset young man and accused taking pictures of his wife as she walked past. Bystanders came to my rescue and explained I was shooting a true tourist attraction. It's there -- behind the motorcycle mirror.[Tim Mazac, 09/20/2008]
Went to Portland in April of 2007 and saw the listing in a guide book for Mill Ends Park and decided I had to find it. Missed it the first time driving down the road and had to turn around and try again driving very slowly. Got a pic of it that gives a little better idea of what it looks like.[Julia Featheringill, 05/26/2007]
Today we ventured downtown to snap a couple of pictures. I jumped out to get a shot of the tiny park and couldn't. Currently the entire street is torn up, and so is the World's Smallest Park.[Gina Arnone, 09/18/2006]
February 2007: The Big Pipe project is complete and Mill Ends Park (its official name) is back. It was originally a hole for a light pole that never arrived.
This is a very very very small park. It's in the middle of a traffic island, next to Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. There is a plaque (bigger than the park itself, stationed on the side of the road near the traffic island) explaining the park's origins. When I visited, there was a small tree in the park and that's about it.[Stacey Irvine, 03/07/2002]
Portland is home to the smallest park in the world (452 square inches--about 20 inches by 20 inches). The park was created by Dick Fagan in the 1940s. Over the years, items have been added like a tiny swimming pool and diving board for butterflies, a miniature Ferris wheel and more.[Kristin Kolberg, 02/24/2002]