Congratulations, you’ve found the “All About Rockford” page! We’re a small town approximately 30 minutes west of Minneapolis and Maple Grove, and only 15 miles west of Plymouth. There are plenty of statistics about the Crow River area, Greenfield, and Rockford on Wikipedia, via Google, the City website, and even School District 883. Go ahead and read those, but since you’re here, let me give you my point of view on this river town I call home…
I moved here in 1990 not realizing how much I would come to love the area. Rockford is one of those great mid-west towns you hear about that can still boast the “small town feel” courtesy of the local café serving daily specials or a chat at the post office. Living and working here for 15 years has given me the opportunity to know many people on a personal level because the city isn’t HUGE. As one of about 5,000 residents, I feel connected to the community and know people can easily get involved in a number of civic organizations. Active organizations such as the Lion’s Chapter, River Works Food Shelf, and Historical Society welcome volunteers while community events like Rockford River Days or the Movie in the Park draw me to the Riverside Park. I can eat at several local restaurants and enjoy great amenities provided by the city besides.
Since Rockford and Greenfield straddle the shoreline of the Crow River along the border of Hennepin and Wright Counties, the scenery alone is truly beautiful. As you enter the city heading west this winter, you’ll drive over the river’s bridge and turn right by Bankwest to encounter streetlights adorned with holiday decorations. While the twinkling lights look beautiful in the snow, it will be hard for you to miss the heavily wooded areas and natural landscapes surrounding the city. Priority has been given to create neighborhood parks, trails, and gathering areas for residents and visitors to enjoy one end of Rockford to the other. If you visit in the summer instead, you’ll see the array of heirloom flowers and edible plantings along city streets and at the historic Ames-Florida-Stork House.
Aside from its natural beauty, Rockford’s charm also comes from the diverse selection of homes available. The first-time home buyer will delight in many very affordable options, while those seeking larger, upper-end homes and even acreage properties will be enchanted with the possibilities. And best of all, Rockford’s residents enjoy the small town atmosphere within minutes of shopping, commutes, and major highways. Feel free to browse the rest of our website and make sure to visit this little “gem on the Crow” soon!