Portland officials insist world’s smallest park title belongs to them and not Burntwood

Officials across the Atlantic have agreed to end a war of words with Burntwood – but have re-iterated their claim to have the world’s smallest park.

Mill Ends Park in Oregon

Mill Ends Park in Oregon

Princes Park, on Farewell Lane, thought it held the title until Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregan, laid claim to the crown.

This led to the American ‘park’ being branded “a glorified flowerpot”.

Now the two groups have agreed to the formation of the Global Association of Small Parks (GASP) ahead of the world’s smallest fun run taking place in Burntwood – but not before the rival from across the Atlantic laid a fresh claim on the title.

Mark Ross, spokesperson for Portland Parks and Recreation, said: “Mill Ends Park is far more than a ‘glorified flower pot’, of course, but we welcome the reopening of our friendly, transatlantic war of words, and the tongue-in-cheek formation of GASP

Princes Park in Burntwood

Princes Park in Burntwood

“We have high regard for Princes Park and the intrepid runners soon to circumvent it, though the fact remains that our Mill Ends Park is indeed the world’s smallest park!

“It has a dedicated park technician to weed and water the park, a strong St Patrick’s Day tradition based on the leprechauns who supposedly reside there, and streams of visitors coming to take pictures at this most miniscule marvel of our parks system.”

The World’s Shortest Fun Run will start at 10.30am on May 2 in Burntwood. Runners are expected to complete the course in just 55 strides.

Kevin Wilson, from organiser KP Events, said: “This was a really good fun event when it took place in 2013 and I’d like to invite everyone to join in, young and old.

“At 55 steps, most people should be able to complete it in under a minute.

“We will be setting off runners all day, so why not come over and join the fun? Fancy dress is optional.

People can register online or on the day. Entry is £5 with money raised going to the We Love Lichfield Fund.

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