Sunday, February 24, 2013

Worlds Smallest parks

Thumblina Park and Community garden is park Chelsea's smallest park. here are some of the smallest parks around the world;  

 CHICAGO

Smallest Park in the City: 'Man on a Bench' Updated February 6, 2013 11:05am

BRONZEVILLE — Chicago's smallest official park holds a big place in the Illinois Institute of Technology campus' heart.
"Man on a Bench" — a sculpture sitting on a bench on a 6-by-9-foot piece of land at IIT since 1986 — has a smaller footprint than two metal picnic benches that rest near it in front of Perlstein Hall.
But the IIT students and faculty have long treasured the figure, which, according to the Chicago Park District "resembles an African-American man who is sitting comfortably on a wooden bench."
"It's just a fabulous thing," said M. Ellen Mitchell, IIT's dean of the College of Psychology.
How the "Man" became a park has a fascinating back story

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PORTLAND

Portland parks series: The smallest park in the world



PORTLAND, Ore. - In downtown Portland there is a teeny tiny little park that tourists from all over the world stop to gaze upon while they're visiting the Rose City.

Every Friday we're putting the spotlight on a local park and for this week's installment we headed to downtown Portland to check out the famous Mill Ends Park.
The park has earned notoriety as the 'World's Smallest Park' (it was actually recognized as such in the Guinness Book of Records in 1971).

For over 60 years, the little park has sat in a median in downtown Portland. For those bustling around trying to get from one place to another, it can be easy to miss. But the park, which is listed in guide books and pinpointed on maps, is a draw for tourists.

Mill Ends Park was created by Dick Fagan, a columnist for The Oregon Journal who noticed a hole in the concrete dividing the lanes of Front Avenue and decided to plant some flowers there to spruce it up. He then named the little spot after the column he wrote.

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