This afternoon, Governor Kate Brown joined members of the “Grimm” cast and crew along with the City of Portland, State of Oregon elected officials, and representatives from Oregon Film, Friends of Trees, Friends of Pier Park and Comcast/NBC. They all came together to plant a small grove of trees in beautiful Pier Park, North Portland, creating a lasting tribute to the work and the legacy of the long running show.
Tim Williams opened the event right before the rain started and introduced David Guintoli (Nick Burkhardt, “Grimm”)who addressed the crowd and thanked the hard-working “Grimm” crew, Portlanders, Portland Parks and introduced Comm. Nick Fish. Fish then thanked cast and crew, and noted the amount of jobs created by the show and the sense of giving back to the community. Fish then introduced Governor Brown who spoke to the impact that “Grimm” (and other #OregonMade shows) have made on the local economy.
Cast and crew were invited to sign a replica “Grimm” guest book (made by Tim Oakley) and share their memories of the show and shooting in Portland. Darren Cools designed the fantastic plaque.
This January marked the end of production for the NBC series. After six years and 123 episodes, all based in Oregon, “Grimm” filmed its final episode in a mid-January ice storm in Estacada and Happy Valley. This remarkable series not only added to Oregon’s brand perception around the world, it also provided 300 jobs on a year-to-year basis and directly
spent $300M in the state. Additionally, the dedicated cast was so invested in Oregon that they started the Grimmster Endowment Fund for children and families at the world-renowned, Doernbecher Children’s hospital. They raised more than $800,000 this year alone in under three hours, and a total of more than $1.5M over the 3 years the program has been in effect.
Since the production of the pilot episode in 2010, the NBC primetime series has averaged 356 jobs annually and engaged an average of more than 100 local vendors in any single episode. This fitting and evocative commemoration is a joint partnership between the City of Portland, Friends of Trees, Friends of Pier Park, Comcast/NBC and the Governor’s Office of Film &
Television (a.k.a Oregon Film, The Film Office) will recognize not only an individual park that “Grimm” memorialized on TV screens many times, but also the large contributions that the City of Portland has made to the production of the popular Friday night NBC series.
All of this is to say #ThankYouGrimm.
About Friends of Trees
Friends of Trees empowers people to improve the natural world around them through a simple
solution: Planting Trees. Together. Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a community
member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends
of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and
restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers.
Friends of Trees greens our region while growing community. Working with thousands of
volunteers Friends of Trees has planted more than 600,000 trees and native plants in 120+
neighborhoods in six counties across two states since its founding.
About Friends of Pier Park
Friends of Pier Park is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Pier Park, an 88 acre
park in North Portland. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, we advocate for this beautiful natural
park, its multiple play features, and diverse park users. We collaborate with our community to
organize volunteer work parties, remove invasive plants and graffiti, plant native trees, improve
trails and features, and ensure the park is safe and accessible for everyone. Friends of Pier
Park is proud to partner with our community including the Grimm television series crew.