Gnome Homes – Bonney Lake, WA


Gnome Homes (doors) were placed in the community parks in the town of Bonney Lake, Washington in the Spring of 2013.

The gnome home project was inspired by news articles about Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California where similar structures were recently found.

To introduce the project, Bonney Lake councilman Tom Watson made a presentation to the town council at an April 2nd workshop.

Showing a photo of one of the gnome houses, Watson revealed evidence of the presence of diminutive mythological creatures who had taken up residence in Bonney Lake’s eight parks.

“That is a gnome house! I didn’t realize we had gnome houses in the city of Bonney Lake, but I think they actually are coming through our parks and trails right now.

Potentially, gnomes have been living side-by-side with humans, protecting and tending their gardens. Gnomes ask for little in return for the luck and support they provide. They may occasionally sneak into picnic tables and eat some of your bread crumbs, and, of course, a morsel of cheese. But, for the most part, they are quiet and docile.

After centuries of peace, however, gnomes are craving for adventure and excitement. They have arrived in our parks in Bonney Lake. My concern is that we don’t have enough parks and trails for these gnomes.”

Mayor Neil Johnson voiced his support for encouraging Bonney Lake’s children to venture outside and seek out gnome doors hidden amongst the city parks’ trees.

Watson hoped that the children of the area would take time to leave notes at the gnome door to let them know they are welcomed.

The initial Gnome house door were built by Tom Watson and funded by Scott Anderson, park board member. The first of the gnome house doors were installed in Cedarview Park.

All went well until some trolls (vandals) kicked in or destroyed the gnome house doors. Despite the initial destruction, Watson said he expected more gnomes, gnome homes and even fairies to show up in the city’s parks soon. As long as funding is found to keep building the doors.


T-shirts supporting the Bonney Lake gnomes can be purchased on-line from the parks and recreation department.

Gnome Houses
c/o Parks and Recreation
Bonney Lake, WA

City of Bonney Lake – Parks & Recreations (Website)
Google Map with names of each Park in Bonney Lake, WA (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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