GRDC Approval of Construction Documents

Rockwood Rising project documents, including permitting, Land Development Agreements (LDAs) and Ground Leases, were all approved by the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) on June 19th, 2018. This is a significant milestone for the project, as execution of these documents means that RKm Development will be able to begin work on the site.

For the full transcript and recording of the June 19th GRDC meeting, including the approval of the Rockwood Rising Documents, visit the City of Gresham's website here.

For a breakdown of this decision and insights on what it means for Rockwood, read our most recent blog post.

Negotiations are now in the works to secure the final financing for the project, after which a date will be announced for the project's groundbreaking. Construction of the entire Catalyst Site is anticipated to be complete in 2020.

Questions? Comments?  Email or cal 503-618-3208.

Playground Gets New Home

Since the Plaza del Sol will be unavailable for the remainder of Rockwood Rising construction, Rockwood Rising staff has elected to move the playground equipment currently located there. Burnside Baptist Church at 18311 E Burnside has generously agreed to house the play structure for the duration of Rockwood Rising construction. 

 The new location is about two blocks north and two blocks west of the Plaza del Sol

The new location is about two blocks north and two blocks west of the Plaza del Sol

 Burnside Baptist Church, looking north from E Burnside St.

Burnside Baptist Church, looking north from E Burnside St.

What you need to know:

  • Playground will be open during regular Gresham City Park hours (5:00am-10:00pm April 1 through September 30, and 6:00am-8:00pm October 1 through March 31)
  • Playground will be subject to Gresham City Park rules.

Equipment relocation is now complete! Rockwood families are invited to gather and play at the new location.

For questions or more information about the playground relocation project, please call 503-618-3208 or email

Spread the Word: Fencing on the Plaza del Sol

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In anticipation of groundbreaking for Rockwood Rising this fall, large-scale environmental and soil testing on the Plaza del Sol site will begin September 21, 2017. This means the entire Rockwood Rising site will be fenced off and unavailable to the public.

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What you should know

  • PARKING will be unavailable on this site until completion of the project. Parking for the MAX will need to move to the official Park & Ride at 18324 E. Burnside Street.
  • THE PLAYGROUND at the Plaza del Sol will move to a nearby location. Expect updates on this relocation in October 2017 on
  • SIDEWALKS may be temporarily affected during the three-day installation of the fence.

You will see signs with notices of the fencing posted on the four corners of the site, as well as fliers on vehicles that use the site for parking.

Expect more signage and outreach as groundbreaking draws near!


Email or call us at 503-618-3208.

Rockwood Rising is a project of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission, a public body created by Gresham voters in 2003 for the express purpose of designing Urban Renewal projects on behalf of the City of Gresham.  Be sure to look for more updates  at, or follow the City of Gresham Facebook