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New American rival in Burntwood’s battle to take world’s smallest park title

Burntwood’s bid to be named the world’s smallest park could be scuppered by a new American rival.

Princes Park has been challenging the current holder, Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon.

Taylor Square Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pic: Cambridge Arts Council

Taylor Square Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pic: Cambridge Arts Council

However, details of another park in the United States means that even if they do overturn the title, it may not be flying to the UK.

Taylor Square Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, measures a mere 57 square feet, but is fenced off and features a bench.

Were Mill Ends Park – described as a “glorified flower pot” – to lose its title then its American counterpart could be handed the prize.

The battle for the crown has intensified after LichfieldLive first revealed the challenge by Kevin Wilson, organiser of the world’s shortest fun run charity event.

The current holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest park has even installed miniature fencing to make sure they don’t fall foul of the rules.

But all may not be lost for Burntwood’s bid as Taylor Square Park might not even be classified as a park because it is actually an art installation.

It was developed by artist Paul Ramirez Jonas who sent out 5,000 keys to local residents and invited them to copy them and make use of the space created by his piece of “public art”.

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  1. Cllr Steve Norman

    11th April, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    The Oxford Dictionary, describes a park as “a large public garden or area of land used for recreation”. Whilst “large public garden” does not fit our purposes for this dispute surely an area of land used for recreation does and if it is used for recreation surely you have to be able to get into it!
    You can certainly do that in Princes Park in Burntwood. It is big enough and is open to the public anytime and you can wander from tree, to tree, to tree resting in between on the bench provided for visitors for just that very purpose. All this and it is still the smallest park in Britain – at least.
    This well loved and, if visited by more than three people at once, overcrowded facility in the town was created to commemorate the marriage of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 and the three commemorative trees are called Faith, Hope and Charity. Incidentally this was only 20 years after the world’s first purpose built public park was opened in Liverpool and which was also called Princes Park no doubt in anticipation of Burntwood’s enterprise.
    Never thought I’d see the day when American’s boasted about something being the smallest rather than the biggest.

  2. johnthemon

    11th April, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    “and you can wander from tree, to tree, to tree resting”

    While your dog is spoiled for choice doing what comes naturally LOL.

    What a load of much to do and say about nothing.