Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 3rd, 2010 at 11:54 am
Filming for the TNT television series Leverage will close the Springwater Corridor Trail this Thursday and Friday (8/5 and 8/6).
Leverage has been filmed in Portland for the past two seasons. According to location manager Don Baldwin, there are two sections of the trail that will be closed intermittently between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm both days.
The first closure location is between Oaks Park (where the ramp comes down from the trail) to Spokane Street. The detour will be along Oaks Park Way from Oaks Park to Spokane Street. Baldwin says there will be signs and they'll have flaggers helping with traffic. The second is from Spokane Street south to Umatilla Street. The detour is up Spokane to 7th, then south to Umatilla to pick up the trail.
Michael Fine, the City of Portland's film liaison says crews will be filming shots on the railroad tracks, but that the closure is needed because of equipment they'll set up on the trail. He also says he understands the inconvenience the detours will cause, but hopes people will remember the economic impact of the project. "It's not like Hollywood's coming in from L.A. and doing this. It's a local crew... About 80% of the jobs are local."