Elfin Doors – Columbus, OH


Elfin doors have come to three parks in Columbus, Ohio courtesy of a project sponsored by Keebler, the baked-goods company with an animated elf mascot named Ernie.

Keebler paid artists $400 each to create the doors and donated $5,000 to the city’s PLAY fund, which provides scholarships for children from low-income families.

Two of the enchanted doors were placed on trees in Schiller Park in German Village, one door in Whetstone Park in Clintonville and one door in Bicentennial Park Downtown. The artist who created the doors include, Todd Camp, Kenny Cramer, Eric Rausch and Abel Hernandez.

Terri Leist, spokeswoman for the Columbus Recreation and Parks hopes the door will encourage people to visit these city parks.The doors are on hinges so visitors can look inside and possible leave a message for its inhabitants. The doors are on display through the summer until September 14, 2014. Will they return? One never knows.



The Elf Door initiative is part of “Tiny Door Project,” in which Kellogg’s Keebler brand commissions artists to build tiny doors at the base of trees across the country.

“There’s something magical in store
For those who know where to look
A world of wonder and whimsy inside each and every nook
So be on the lookout, let your imagination soar
If adventure is what you seek, all you need is a door”
Keebler Ad

The first of the tiny elfin doors appeared in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Since 2013, tiny doors have been erected in a dozen cities, including Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo., Humboldt Park in Milwaukee, Eden Park in Cincinnati, on Heidleberg Street in Detroit, South Park in Pittsburgh, Elmira Park in Durham, N.C., Lake Eola Park in Orlando and MacFarlane Park in Tampa.

Columbus Recreation and Parks
1111 E Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205

Columbus Recreation and Parks (Website)
The Tiny Door Project (Keebler Website)
Columbus Recreation and Parks (Google Map)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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