Gladstone may fly under the radar when it comes to cities surrounding Portland, but that only adds to its appeal and charm. Gladstone residents love their city; even as it has grown, it maintains its authentic connection to its small town feel and family friendly identity. The Mainstreet district is filled with locally owned restaurants and shops. It also hosts fun community events throughout the year. Gladstone also benefits from being right at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers. The city takes full advantage of the location with nearly a dozen parks along the river banks offering a wide array of recreational opportunities.