World’s smallest park record challenged as Burntwood landmark bids to win title
A Burntwood park could be named the smallest in the world after a challenge was made to the current record holder.
Guinness World Records currently puts the title with Mill Ends Park in the United States – but now organisers of the world’s shortest fun run at Princes Park are aiming to claim the crown for the UK.
Kevin Wilson from KP events is behind the challenge and believes the UK’s smallest park deserves its place in the record books.
“According to www.dictionary.com, a park is an area of land, usually in a largely natural state for the enjoyment of the public, having facilities for rest and recreation, often owned, set apart, and managed by a city, state, or nation.
“Mill Ends Park in no way can be classed as a park, it’s a glorified flower pot!
“Princes Park has a fence around it, a bench and three trees and is by any definition a park. We’ll be challenging Mill Ends Park’s status officially and hope to reinstate Princes Park as the world’s smallest park.”
Mill Ends Park has had a colourful existence since its original creation in the 1940s.
It took the world’s smallest park crown in 2007 after being reinstated following roadworks.
However, the park’s only tree had to be replaced recently after it was stolen.
KP Events are organising the world’s shortest fun run around the Burntwood landmark on May 6 to raise funds for the We Love Lichfield Fund.
For more information about the world’s shortest fun run and to register, visit www.kpevents.net.