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The World's Smallest Park

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 14 October 2010 in Cityscape & Urban.

Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon is only 2 feet (0.61 meters) across. It has an area of 452 in² (0.292 m²). In 1948, it was a hole intended for a light pole. When the pole didn't arrive, Dick Fagan, a columnist for the Oregon Journal and whose office overlooked the street, planted flowers in the hole and named it after his column, Mill Ends. The park was featured in his column in subsequent years. In 1976, it became an official city park.

Part of the Roadside Oddities Series

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

That's really interesting :) Well captured place, thanks for good information.

14 Oct 2010 5:05am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

At first I laughed at your title and then I realised it was a real park :) Very interesting. Great motion and perspective. I also like the frame.

14 Oct 2010 5:27am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Ha, that is a very cute park with no lawns to worry about ^^

14 Oct 2010 5:38am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


14 Oct 2010 5:40am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Well, this beats all. By the way, I have a apecial post today in honor of the Chilean miners.

14 Oct 2010 6:47am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli coup d'oeil ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

14 Oct 2010 7:05am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

ha ha . . this has to be the sweetest pic of the day . . a glimmer of hope for all mankind !

14 Oct 2010 7:39am

Florence from Paris, France

Ah yes, very tiny. Perfect for the seven dwarves. :-)))

14 Oct 2010 7:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great find – yes, small is beautiful!

14 Oct 2010 9:16am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Very interesting.. smallest park indeed.

14 Oct 2010 9:24am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

a symbol of the narrowing natural spaces allowed in cities for people :-)

14 Oct 2010 12:02pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

super perspective. cool shot!:)

14 Oct 2010 12:22pm

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

such an original frame ! really cool shot

14 Oct 2010 12:43pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Ah yes, I have seen this as a matter of fact. Great job showing it here Steve. ;-)

14 Oct 2010 1:33pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

who would have known withouy your the blue car movement, it really makes the image

14 Oct 2010 1:51pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this special place. The story of how the "smallest park" came into existence if very interesting.

14 Oct 2010 2:54pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What an oddity... seeing is believing! How I love your choice of shutter speed and that particular "frame" for this pic... like viewing through the rear window of the car!:-)

14 Oct 2010 3:29pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great capture!love the framing and perspective...
Interesting info about the smallest park...

14 Oct 2010 3:33pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

And most likely the worlds least expensive park to maintain

14 Oct 2010 4:55pm

Raha from Tehran, Iran

I like it

14 Oct 2010 5:03pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Lolll ... can not make it smaller! Superb presentation of the mini park. Beautiful day.

14 Oct 2010 5:09pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

nice history lesson and shot.

14 Oct 2010 5:43pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

Great discovered ! It is a completely absurd idea but I love ! And then everything is relative, but for ants it is gigantic ! Love your photo in this frame mirror !

14 Oct 2010 6:50pm

Marleen from Netherlands

Dick surely pimped up the street! So cute:-)

14 Oct 2010 6:55pm

Glen Webber (NZ Wildlife Photography) from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot Steve. Great title too. :-)

14 Oct 2010 9:41pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Very interesting..nice shot!

14 Oct 2010 10:11pm

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

brilliant! what a fun story~

14 Oct 2010 10:16pm

P. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

A great shot, ( I wonder how you found the space in your image to get the
whole park) and your story is just too wonderful.

14 Oct 2010 10:16pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very cool. neat frame

14 Oct 2010 10:40pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Interesting what you'll find when you're out and about!

14 Oct 2010 11:17pm

Kala from United States

Nicely framed image. I cannot believe they call that a park though!

15 Oct 2010 1:31am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a cute story behind this find! And thankfully you didn't get hit by those speeding cars. A nice "splash" of color in this otherwise dull hardscape.

15 Oct 2010 1:41am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Glad to see that the 'City' allowed it to stay. It's a great idea, and a superb shot.

15 Oct 2010 2:20am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

as the saying goes nothing is impossible ..I never knew this size for a park even exists !

very informative

15 Oct 2010 2:43am

Becky from los angeles, United States

that's a great little story - and really - a park?! Ha! that's too much - I guess we won't be bringing family to join in the park fun! Great shot here!

15 Oct 2010 4:29am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

J'aime le flou de mouvement des voitures qui circulent.

15 Oct 2010 4:56am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

That's funny! That IS the smallest park I've ever seen!

15 Oct 2010 5:20am

k@ from Paris, France

I like your title and the way you invite to look at this in such a different way, all is a matter of view point for sure. Have a nice day, Steve, a quick Hello passing by*

15 Oct 2010 9:37am

10Fraction from rennes, France

excellent story and nice picture you took here with some pleasant motion blur

15 Oct 2010 11:57am

PATRICK from miramas, France


15 Oct 2010 1:53pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

No kidding! They have to guard it with posts so that no one runs it over too. Nice find!

15 Oct 2010 4:19pm