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Ron's second ex-wife ("Tammy Two") is played by Megan Mullally, who in her real life is married to Nick Offerman (Ron).
Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson, has a woodworking hobby as does his counterpart in the show. He has released an instructional DVD in canoe building and runs a fine woodworking business on the side.
Ron Swanson's staunchly anti-government government official was based on a city planner who the show's producers met and interviewed when doing research. The planner was a Libertarian who admitted to them "I don't believe in the mission of my job."
Nick Offerman originally auditioned for the role of Mark Brendanawicz before being cast as Ron Swanson.
The series was originally planned as a direct spin-off of The Office (2005). It was later re-designed to be an original workplace story that would keep the "mockumentary" format used for the other series, which P&R executive producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur had both worked on (Daniels as creator, Schur as a writer and producer).
The character Tom Haverford changed his name from Darwish Sabir Ismael Gani. The actor who plays Tom, Aziz Ansari, chose that as Tom's original name because it is his cousin's name. Ansari also shares with Tom the biographical fact that although his parents were originally from India, he was born and raised in a small town in South Carolina.
The exterior shots of City Hall is Pasadena City Hall in California.
The character of April has a sister named Natalie. This is the name of Aubrey Plaza's real life teenage sister, who she uses as a source of inspiration when playing April.
Pawnee Parks street map is a copy of the actual street map of Christchurch, New Zealand, with roads and other features renamed. For example Hagley Park, Christchurch is renamed Ramsett Park, and the Avon River which flows through central Christchurch is called the Pawnee River.
The green rectangular object on Ron Swanson's desk is a U.S. military M18A1 "Claymore" anti-personnel mine. It is notable for having the words FRONT TOWARDS ENEMY stamped on the front.
The exterior shot of J.J.'s Diner is actually Landmark Diner on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thomas Lennon auditioned for the role of Ron Swanson.
The rusty "sculpture" in Ron Swanson's office is actually a "Czech Hedgehog," a World War II anti-tank obstacle.
Octavia Spencer auditioned for the role of Donna Meagle.
The two statues featured in the opening credits are two landmarks on Highway 18 in Montpelier, Indiana, a town located in the East-Central region of the state. The first is the Ice Cream Giant at Tin Lizzy, an ice cream shop just outside the town, and the second is the Muffler Man Indian in the center of town.
Ellie Kemper auditioned for the role of Ann Perkins.
Matt Walsh and Mike O'Malley auditioned for the role of Ron Swanson. Walsh would later guest star as Leonard Tchulm and O'Malley would guest star as Bill Butler.
The idea for this program originally came from the Parks and Rec staff, specifically the lifeguard staff, in El Segundo, California.
Kulap Vilaysack auditioned for the role of April Ludgate and later guest starred as Ulani.
Ben Schwartz originally auditioned for the role of Dave Sanderson before being later cast in the different role of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein.

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