The battle between Portland and the English town of Burntwood for the title, “Home of the Smallest Park in the World,” may be turning into an international incident.
Speaking tongue-in-cheek, the director of Leisure Parks and Play for Lichfield District Council, Neil Turner, says Portland’s two-foot wide Mill Ends Park doesn’t really qualify as a park.
“I think the Guinness Book of Records, obviously sponsored by Guinness, a good old Irish drink. And I do notice that Portland is claiming that it’s home to leprechauns. I think there’s a bit of Irish blarney connected with this world record.”
Turner says Princess Park in Burntwood has been around for 100 years — it’s fenced, with three large trees, a bench and space for children to play.
And now, Mill Ends Park has a fence, too. A Portlander installed a toy fence after the Brits called the tiny park a “glorified flower pot.”