One lesson of “Parks and Recreation,” a new sitcom starring Amy Poehler, is that getting public projects built requires a very specific kind of temperament. But that’s why there are people like Leslie Knope, the naive and hyperactive Deputy Director of “P&R;” for Pawnee, Indiana. When it comes to improving her town’s recreational facilities, Miss Knope just doesn’t know how to take “nope” for an answer.
Knope, played by Poehler, is compared by one colleague to a “little dog with a chew toy” and identifies Sarah Palin as a major personal influence within her first few minutes on camera. But her daunting persistence and unfailing enthusiasm for “small town America,” however annoying, are quite sincere.