Ground has Broken, Construction has Begun!

Rockwood Rising project staff and partners at RKm Development would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony June 12, 2019. The celebration was an enormous success, thanks to the support of our partner organizations, elected officials, and Rockwood community members.

The ceremony itself saw over 200 people in attendance, despite the high temperatures of the day. Attendees gathered under the shade of large canopies to hear from several of Rockwood’s key figures. Executive Director Josh Fuhrer hosted the ceremony, having directed the Rockwood Rising Project since its inception in 2013.

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Several other prominent figures also spoke in celebration of the project, which has garnered widespread community support. Speakers included Mayor Shane Bemis, Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson, County Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Developer Roy Kim, and others.

With groundbreaking complete, construction has officially begun on the project site with an anticipated completion date in 2020. Stay updated with the progress of construction by watching the hour-by-hour time lapse!

View the construction time lapse here.

All project staff and partners look forward to the successful completion of Rockwood Rising, and its mission of providing an economic engine in the heart of Gresham’s youngest, most diverse neighborhood.

The Rockwood Rising project is a public-private partnership designed to build an economic engine in the heart of our neighborhood. For more information email us at or call 503-618-3208.