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.
Did You Know?
The character of April had a younger sister named Natalie. This is the name of Aubrey Plaza
's real-life younger sister, whom she used as a source of inspiration when playing April. 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