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You're a steamroller! You're a massive, runaway steamroller with no brakes and a cement brick on the gas pedal!
Ann Perkins

"Smallest Park" is the eighth episode of season 4 of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation. It originally aired on November 17, 2011 to 3.68 million viewers.

Storyline Edit

Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt have collaborated on a project to establish the Smallest Park in Indiana. However, Ben tells Leslie that he plans to focus on other departments after it opens because he is sadly reminded of their failed romantic relationship when he's around her. Leslie decides to delay the opening of the park for as long as possible so they can keep working together. Chris Traeger asks Tom Haverford and Jerry Gergich to create a new logo for the parks department, which is basically just choosing a new font, but Tom wants to do much more. Andy Dwyer plans to go back to college, starting with one class.

April Ludgate suggests that Andy take an easy class in order to get a high grade, so he chooses the beginner's guitar course. Andy quickly becomes bored with the class, so Ron Swanson suggests he challenge himself with a tougher class. Andy finds the new class boring as well, so he randomly chooses Intro to Women's Studies, which he finds fascinating. Unfortunately, he cannot afford the registration fee, so Ron decides to pay for his class. Meanwhile, Tom goes overboard with Chris' project, making plans to remodel existing parks and pitch a reality show. Jerry warns that Tom's outlandish thinking was what doomed Tom's company, Entertainment 720. Tom is depressed about his future as a mindless bureaucrat, but when he sees Jerry's first ID card from 1977, he becomes inspired by its font. He pitches the font for the new logo, along with a line of limited edition merchandise based on it, which are well received by Chris.

Leslie holds a public forum on the smallest park and tries to make it as long as possible, but is annoyed when the usually cantankerous Pawnee townspeople are supportive of the park and the forum ends quickly. Leslie subsequently distributes flyers around town stating that the park will hold loud events and other falsehoods, prompting a protest demanding an environmental impact report which will take a year to release, allowing Leslie and Ben to keep working together. Ben disperses the protesters by refuting all of Leslie's claims, and tells Chris that he no longer wants to work with Leslie because she never respects his wishes and always demands things her way.

Ann Perkins tells Leslie that Ben is right about her overbearing need to have things her way, but after seeing how sad she is, Ann privately asks Ben to talk to Leslie. Ben meets with Leslie at the smallest park where the two reluctantly agree to keep their distance from each other. As Ben prepares to leave, Leslie says that she wants him back and doesn't care if it will jeopardize her City Council campaign or her job. The two kiss, ready to face the consequences of their relationship.


Ron: One thing I promised myself when I buried gold in my backyard was that I’d never be a hoarder or a miser about it.

Ron: My first day of college, my father dropped me off at the steel mill. He didn't think I should go to college, but I hitched a ride, enrolled, and learned a lot.

Leslie: As a mature, reasonable adult I understand that this will be the last project Ben and I will be working on together. So, please join us the grand opening of Pawnee's smallest park on November 12th, 2070.

Jerry: Now see, I think that Comic Sans always screams “FUN”, right? But, man, those R's in Helvetica would be really poppin’ for me!
Tom: Ugh, I have never been more bored in my life. Who cares about letters? The only good font is the sopranos one, where the R is a gun

April: Horizons are dumb, never broaden your horizons.

Andy: Guess what guys, I was secretly an undercover rock star this whole time.

Ron: For what it’s worth, I think you’d make an incredible brunette. Ron Swanson.

Andy: He's not even using a laser pointer!

Ron: If that woman weren't so violently opposed to marriage, I think I'd propose to her.

Tom: These are our current Park Rangers. What are they are up to? No one cares. They’re boring, and I hate them.

Ann: You're a steamroller! You're a massive, runaway steamroller with no brakes and a cement brick on the gas pedal! You made me watch all eight Harry Potter movies. I don’t even like Harry Potter!
Leslie: That’s insane! You love Harry Potter! You've seen all eight movies!

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