Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park. However, what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, governmental red tape, and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie's colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he's a bureaucrat.
Because parks don't grow on trees.
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Did You Know?
In season four, episode nineteen, "Live Ammo", there's an Easter Egg in the office of Councilman Pillner (Bradley Whitford). To begin the scene, the camera holds on a framed napkin, with "Pillner for Pawnee" written on it. It was a reference to The West Wing (1999), which starred Whitford. One of the recurring props on the show was a framed napkin that read "Bartlet for America". See more
In multiple scenes across various episodes, palm trees and mountains are shown in the background.
Indiana's highest point is 1,500 feet above sea level and palm trees only grow in greenhouses there. See more