Mill Ends, 1976

Mill Ends became an official Portland city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976. Many of you know it as the “world’s smallest park.” Mill Ends is located at SW Naito Parkway and SW Taylor Street. The park’s ceremonial groundbreaking was performed by Commissioner Ivancie. Click here to learn more about the park’s history.


Groundbreaking ceremony for Mill Ends Park, 1976 : A2000-006.47

Groundbreaking ceremony for Mill Ends Park, 1976 : A2000-006.47


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7 thoughts on “Mill Ends, 1976

  1. Knowing how the city of Portland works this small park will take three full time caretakers and a crew of maintenance workers to maintain it. ;+}

  2. This to me is not only “The Worlds Smallest Park”, but also is a great memorial to its creator, Dick Fagan.
    Dick’s column in the Oregon Journal was a delight and
    was Portland’s version of Herb Caen, maybe even better!

  3. “Hey fella! Put down that shovel until we see the proper PPE! That includes safety shoes, ear plugs , safety glasses, hard hat, green safety vest and gloves! We also want to see your Environmental Impact statement form, Endangered Species Relocation Permit! I’m from the Government and we’re here to help you get things done

  4. A fun article from 1987, includes Mill Ends. It ran back east in NY, in the Schenectady Gazette.

    “Proliferation of Parks is Priority in Portland
    by Charles Hillinger (c)1987, Los Angeles Times”

    “Portland Ore – Portland has more land devoted to parks – 9,422 acres or 12 percent of its total area – than most American cities. And Portlanders, it seems, have always been interested in their public greens.”

  5. Maybe one of the few lasting memories of The Oregon Journal. Only other such memorial is the Jackson Tower on SW Broadway and Yamhill and possible Sam Jackson Road to OHSU, named for the gentleman who purchased the floundering Journal and made it a success.

  6. For those of you who are bashing the City of Portland: Remember- you’re biting the city that feeds your blog. It may not be perfect, but my family has called this town “home” for over a hundred years, and this incredible site has deepened my appreciation of it.

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