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5 Interesting & Unusual Parks (Slideshow)

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2. Mill Ends Park, Portland, Ore.

Measuring in at just 452 square inches, Mill Ends Park is the Guinness Book of World Records-certified smallest park in the world. In the 1940s, a light pole never materialized in the site of what’s now the park. Over time, weeds grew there and a newspaper columnist “noticed” that a colony of leprechauns had taken up residence there. It’s been a designated city park since 1971, taking many shapes over the years. In addition to a rotating cast of trees and plants, the park has been home to a mini ferris wheel, a white picket fence and, pictured, an Occupy Portland protest.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:55AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

I had no idea Rivendale was located in Mexico! :D

10:49AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

i like the one in mexico

9:55AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Extra nice.

12:24PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Way cool!!

11:53AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:42PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013


11:58AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Interesting parks!

9:10PM PDT on May 26, 2013

Interesting. I'm not sure about the first and last parks. I like my park to be of mother nature and not of man's doing.

12:46AM PDT on May 25, 2013


9:11PM PDT on May 23, 2013

No one can ever doubt the ability of one's imagination.

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