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Explore Rockwood!

By David Columbus, July 20, 2021

Rockwood Plaza del Sol
Rockwood Plaza del Sol, Photo Credit

Rockwood is bounded on the west by Gresham City limits, on the north by Glisan Street, on the east by 202nd Avenue/Birdsdale Avenue, and on the south, beginning with NW Eleven Mile Avenue and continuing to Market Street. In the late 19th Century, a store marker was placed every mile east of the courthouse in Portland, resulting in a “Base Line Road” along the Willamette Baseline: Rockwood developed at the 10-mile mark in a rocky and wooded area that was later the inspiration for the name of the community. Once part of unincorporated east Multnomah County, Rockwood was annexed by the City of Gresham in the mid 1980s.

Rockwood Destinations:

The People’s Market at Rockwood – People’s Market at Rockwood is an incubator market centering Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. We support BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. Thursday’s, June 17th – October 14th, 4pm-7pm

Rockwood Central Park – Rockwood Central Park is a 9.4-acre park in the Rockwood Neighborhood. Lots of recreation options are available, with nine-hole disc golf course, basketball court, play area, soccer field, two softball fields & picnic tables.

Vance Park – Vance Park is a 14.5-acre park in the Rockwood Neighborhood. This forested park is owned by Multnomah County and maintained and operated by the City of Gresham. Vance Park has many fun amenities including a futsal court, play structure, walking paths, nine-hole disc golf course, picnic tables and benches, restroom, softball and soccer fields.

Gresham Food Carts – Welcome to Gresham Food Carts, a place where experiences happen! Indulge, relax, grab a quick bite, and just have a good time. Gresham Food Carts focuses on bringing the best 20 food carts to one central area. With big variety and food selection, it’s a great place to spend time.



Population 10,099

Median Age 36

Total Households 3,461

Households with Children 1,346

Households without Children 2,115

Learn More:

Rockwood Neighborhood Association

Rockwood CDC Facebook Page

Rockwood Rising

Downtown Rockwood

David Columbus

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


As an Earth Advantage Principal Broker, David serves buyers and sellers alike with his 20+ years of experience as a broker and investor. His experience includes residential, commercial, investment property, and multi-family housing. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer for whom smart, personalized client service is key. Over 90 percent of his ongoing business is referred from satisfied clients. In his past life, David worked in yacht delivery, delivering privately-owned classic yachts from the East Coast to the Caribbean, transatlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea; his responsibilities ranged from captain to crew. David holds a degree in Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University and attended the University of Nottingham, England where he studied Medieval West History and Victorian Literature. After graduating David moved to Chicago where he worked as a Eurodollar Futures Broker while teaching sailing at Northwestern University during his lunch breaks. David moved to Portland in 1999 and has never looked back. In recent history (2015), David and his partner, of 17+ years, Grant, sailed their boat out the Columbia River, turned left, and headed south, exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico for over nine months. He is a strong supporter of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, p:ear, Urban Gleaners, Oregon Wild, Habitat for Humanity, Willamette River Keepers and is a member of Vancouver Lake Crew and the Rose City Yacht Club.
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