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Adams Square Mini Park, One of the Most Unique Parks in Glendale

(LA Trend) — While Adams Square Mini Park lacks the vastness of many other parks in LA county, it makes up for its diminutive size with a wacky feature that most other outdoor recreational areas can’t claim: an abandoned 1930s gas station.

That’s right.

There’s a fun little history to go along with this unique little park: The city of Glendale is known for its copious amount of tiny parks that dot the area, so when the residents of Adams Square set out to establish a park of their own, they had to contend with an abandoned 1936 Streamline Moderne gas station that had been out of use since the 1980s. However, instead of tearing it down and building a brand new park from scratch, it was decided that the gas station should be refurbished and integrated into the landscape of the new park.

Adams Square Mini Park was completed in 2007, and has been a local favorite ever since. Comprising less than a third of an acre of space, the park features a small playground for children, some tables for picnics, and plenty of grass for outdoor activities.

Serving as a picnic pavilion and occasional outdoor art gallery, Adams Square Mini Park was added to the Glendale Register of Historic Resources in 2014 and stands as a symbol not only of LA’s historic love for cars, but also of the uniqueness of its outdoor spaces.


1020 East Palmer Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204


Daily from 7am to 10pm

Click here for more information on the park and to plan your visit.

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Joe Garza | Editor

Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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