Although “Parks and Recreation” is based in rural Indiana, the show was actually filmed in Southern California.
The palm trees that appear in Eagleton are explained by the town lying on top of a hot spring, which apparently creates a “micro-climate zone,” but the tropical foliage also appears in multiple scenes set in Pawnee.
For instance, on season five, episode 21, “Swing Vote,” palm trees can clearly be seen while the gang plays mini-golf with Councilman Jeremy Jamm. Occasionally on the show, mountains can even be spotted in the background.
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