National Night Out–August 14

Update: This event has been postponed to August 14.

On Tuesday, August 7, families all over Rosewood will come together at Owens Field Park [map] to meet their neighbors and local police officers. This community safety-awareness event begins at 6 p.m. and will include:

This neighborhood event is for kids of all ages. Hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook.

Rosewood’s National Night Out is sponsored by Rosewood Community Council, Central Rosewood, South Kilbourne, and Edisto Court Communities, and the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods.

Owens Field Park Cleanup

It’s time to clean up Owens Field Park again! Recent events in the park have left it a bit of a mess. Please join us at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, at the Memorial Stadium parking lot entrance to the park. We’re targeting the area from the entrance to the skate park, so we should be able to tackle that in an hour. Bring gloves if you have them. Hope to see you there!

For more info or to RSVP, email

Owens Field Airport Photos

Check out these historical aerial photos of Rosewood. The photo at right was taken in 1938, before most of the housing was developed in the neighborhood. Click to zoom in for a better look. Owens Field Airport was originally designed as two runways that intersected, forming an X. Much of Owens Field airport covered what is now Owens Field Park.

What we know today as Rosewood was then mostly farmland, forest, and orchards, with a few farmhouses. What we now know as Edisto Court looks like it was entirely forest.

The second picture was taken in 1955. Again, zoom in for a better look. Notice how much of the farm area was developed as houses by this point. Also, many of the streets we know today have filled in. I think I see my house!

The large forested area on the right is the area that bounds Gills Creek.

Thanks to Herrick Brown, assistant botanist with S.C. DNR, for researching these pictures for us!

Owens Field Park cleanup

Mark your calendars! On February 11, at 10:30 a.m., the Rosewood Community Council is sponsoring a cleanup of the woods in Owens Field Park. We need volunteers! You can join us for as long or as little as you’d like.

Please bring gloves and sturdy shoes. The city is providing bags and will haul off the trash when we’re through.

RSVP on Facebook or email Please forward this information to anyone you know who uses and loves Owens Field Park. Thanks and see you on the 11th!

It was 15 years ago today…

Rudy Mancke walked through Owens Field Park in the Rosewood neighborhood back in 1996 and told Dawn Hinshaw, with The State newspaper, exactly what a treasure we have here in Rosewood.  Check out her article here.

If you haven’t been to Owens Field Park lately, you’re missing out!  Many people know about the soccer fields, but we also have a disc golf course, South Carolina’s only cemeted skate park, and–as of today–a community fruit orchard!

Community Orchard Planting

Help us celebrate Rosewood’s new fruit orchard! We’ll be planting apples, pears, figs, pomegranates, blueberries and more, beginning Saturday, November 5th at 9:30 am at Owens Field Park, with a potluck lunch after at City Roots, hosted by Sustainable Midlands.  Please sign up here if you can make it. Hope to see you there!

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was awarded the grant for the orchard earlier this year August from Edy’s Fruit Bars and the Tree Planting Foundation. Thanks to CEO and Edy’s, and to everyone who voted online for Columbia every day!