March 21, 2009

Indiana city researched for Poehler show

Amy Poehler's new TV series may draw some of its inspiration from the parks department in Lafayette, Ind., a city official says.

As it turns out, staff of the NBC series Parks and Recreation contacted the city of Lafayette to do some research, the Journal & Courier in Lafayette reported Saturday. Parks and Recreation, which is to premier April 9 with Poehler playing city parks deputy director Leslie Knope, is set in the fictional Indiana city of Pawnee.

Pawnee is based on a city the size of Lafayette. That's why they called us, said Lindsey E. Huffman, marketing manager for Lafayette Parks and Recreation. They wanted pictures of our desks and vehicles.

The show is being shot in the so-called mockumentary style of NBC's The Office, where Parks and Recreation creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur also labored.

Huffman spoke with the show's props department head, Gay Perello, initially contacted Lafayette parks in January, and mailed brochures of parks, golf courses and community centers to the show. Lafayette Parks Superintendent Ted Bumbleburg sent along stories of some of his employees' lighter sides, including one worker who moonlights as a professional wrestling on weekends.

I'm looking forward to seeing if any of this stuff makes it on TV, said Huffman, adding Perello also talked to other Indiana parks departments.