A Tiny Park

The year is 1948. Dick works at a newspaper in Portland. He writes stories about the city.


street scene in Portland
He looks out his window every day. He sees a busy street. He wishes for a park.


newspaper building and street
One day he sees a small circle in the street. “What is that?” Dick asks his friend.


Tuolumne Meadows - Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River - pothole - 1
“It is a hole. It is for a new street light,” says Dick’s friend.


Journalist With Pipe
Dick is a writer. He likes to tell stories. Dick thinks of a better story about the hole in the street.


leprechaun next to urn
Dick looks at the hole again. Then his eyes grow big. He sees a little man in the hole! The little man is a leprechaun!

(A leprechaun is a small Irish fairy.)


Guy crossing a street
Dick runs to the hole.  He catches the lucky leprechaun.


Hand 1
The leprechaun gives Dick one wish. Dick wishes for a park.


small circular Mill Ends Park in traffic island
The leprechaun points to the hole in the street. “Here is your park!” says the little man.


Dick pulls weeds. He plants flowers. He thinks it is the best park. “It’s a big park for little leprechauns,” Dick says. He calls it Mill Ends Park.


Occupy Mills Ends Park in Portland, Oregon
Dick writes many newspaper stories about the park. He says leprechauns live there. Many people read the stories in the newspaper. They all love the little park.


Mill Ends Park 2007
Mill Ends Park is the smallest park in the world.You can visit it today. It is in downtown Portland at Southwest Taylor Street.



Comprehension Questions



Discussion Question

Dick makes a wish in the story. He wants a park. What do you wish for?


  • I want a new car.
  • I want good grades.
  • I want to visit New York.















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