April 13, 2013
Mill Ends Park sports a myriad of colorful decorations in Portland April 11. Tiny battle lines are being drawn in a whimsical British-American dispute over which country has the world’s smallest park. Two feet in diameter, Portland’s Mill Ends Park holds the title of world’s smallest park in the Guinness Book of World Records. But a rival has emerged — Prince’s Park, more than 5,000 miles away in the English town of Burntwood which holds the record for smallest park in the United Kingdom.
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PORTLAND — The British and the Americans are quarreling — albeit with tongues in cheek — over territory again, this time over who has the world’s smallest park. One, in Portland, Ore., is essentially a concrete planter, 2-feet in diameter, with soil and some vegetation, and the Guinness Book of World Records says it’s the smallest.