It’s official. “Parks and Recreation” is filming parts of its season opener here in D.C. today and Friday.
The NBC sitcom, which revolves around a motley crew of civil servants in Pawnee, Ind., left the door open to visiting D.C. at the end of last season by splitting up newly minted city Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her campaign manager/boyfriend Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) after he got tapped to oversee a Congressional race. No word on which members of the mockumentary-style comedy will be taking in the local sights; the filming permit says only that “scenes will feature characters touring DC and talking about relationships.”
But we do know where they’ll be.
The closest they’ll come to the Capitol is shooting on Maryland Avenue Southwest (between the Capitol Reflecting Pool and the Botanic Garden) and Third Street Northwest (right in front of the National Mall).
They’ll also be lingering around the White House, having requested access to: the northwest corner of Lafayette Square, New York Avenue Northwest (between 14th and 15th streets), the Hay Adams corridor, just opposite the Newseum (Sixth Street Northwest, between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues) and a handful of other important-looking backdrops.
Determining exactly when they’ll be out is a bit dicier; the permits pretty much grant them a virtual key to the city from 5 a.m. today until 11 p.m. Friday. Happy stalking!