(Photo: Craig Dietrich)
That’s it—the entire park. It’s just a small tree surrounded by a bit of grass. In 1946, Dick Fagan, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, noticed that there was a hole in the median of a street where a lamppost used to stand. He decided to put it to good use by building a park there. Fagan named it Mills End Park after the title of his regular newspaper column, Mills End. The City of Portland acquired it in 1976, so it’s an official city park. Parks and Recreation workers tend to it carefully, according to Oregon Live:
Mill Ends is weeded, watered, planted and maintained like every other park in our National Gold Medal-winning system," Mike Abbaté, director of Portland Parks & Recreation, wrote to the challenger.
As of 2013, Mills End Park held the Guinness World Record for the smallest park in the world.
-via Amusing Planet