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World's smallest park returns to Portland, Ore., after road project

Jan. 20 (UPI) — The completion of a road construction project in Oregon resulted in the return of the world’s smallest park — now located about 6 inches from its former location.

Mill End Park, a tiny patch of green in the median of Portland’s Naito Parkway that received its first plants and its name from Oregon Journal reporter Dick Fagan in 1946, became a globally famous landmark as the world’s smallest park when it received recognition from Guinness World Records in 1971.

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The tiny park was demolished as part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Better Naito Forever project, but Portland Parks & Recreation announced Mill End Park has now been reconstructed about 6 inches away from its former location.

The park, which measures about 2 feet wide with a total surface area of 452 square inches, bears a new sign and a new cloverleaf park border.

Portland Parks & Recreation said officials are hoping to hold a “rededication ceremony” for the park in the near future.

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