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The Office Or Parks And Recreation Quiz: Who Said It

Whenever you think of any NBC shows to watch, the two most common shows that come up are The Office and Parks and Rec, both produced by legendary TV producer Micheal Schur. The man is a genius for creating both of these incredible, thought-provoking shows. From hilarious insight into the suffocating grey aura of a typical American workplace to their goofy characters.

Running these weird offices of Scranton and Pawnee are the unique and polar opposite bosses Michael Scott and Ron Swanson. Michael loves his job and tries hard to be a better boss every day, considers the office as a family and worries for his employees’ happiness, but his stupidity, insensitivity and completely offensive behaviour only aggravates them. While Ron Swanson is the complete opposite and couldn’t care less about what his employees do and he may run the department, but seems to do the least work often talking about how corrupt the government is, even though he works for the same.

But what connects these two iconic TV characters is the love from fans, whether you laugh at Michael’s downright erroneous cringey misquotes or simply giggle over Swanson’s comments on manliness or his kooky love for food. Can you tell these two archetypal bosses apart from their quotes alone?

Answers are at the end!

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Mayor Stothert names new Director of Parks, Recreation and Public Property

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has named a new Director of Parks, Recreation and Public Property.

a screen shot of a man: Matt Kalcevich

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Matt Kalcevich

Matt Kalcevich comes to Omaha from Des Moines, where he worked as recreation manager. Kalcevich has worked in that field for more than a decade.

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Stothert’s office said Kalcevich graduated from Nothern Arizona University in 2001 and obtained a Master’s degree in recreation management from Arizona State University.

Kalcevich is set to start his new position in Omaha on Dec. 14. According to a news release from Stothert’s office, Kalcevich’s salary will be $162,318.

Kalcevich takes over for Brook Bench, who took a job in public property development.


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Des Moines recreation manager named Omaha’s new parks director | Local News

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People eat lunch under a tree bearing bright autumn leaves at Miller Park in North Omaha on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has hired the city’s next director of parks, recreation and public property.

Matthew Kalcevich, recreation manager for the City of Des Moines, will begin Dec. 14. Kalcevich has more than 10 years of experience managing recreation centers, public pools, golf courses and other facilities, according to a press release from the Mayor’s Office.

He replaces longtime director Brook Bench, who left the job over the summer.

“Matt brings enthusiasm and experience to manage our park system and the wide range of recreation, leisure and athletic facilities we operate,” Stothert said in the release. “He shares our commitment to great public spaces, which contribute to Omaha’s quality of life for families and neighborhoods.”

Kalcevich will make $162,318 in the role.

Last summer, the city hired Searchwide Global, a recruitment firm, to find its next parks director. The city agreed to pay the firm 30% of the hire’s annual salary — nearly $49,000, based on Kalcevich’s pay.

He will be responsible for overseeing more than 250 city parks, eight golf courses, 18 swimming pools, 11 splash pads, four dog parks, two tennis complexes, 13 community centers, a trap and skeet center, a nature center and the city’s ice arena.

Miller Park has a whole new shine in Omaha

“I am incredibly excited to lead this amazing department and expand the wonderful facilities and programs already serving the community,” Kalcevich said in the release. “My family and I are thrilled to make Omaha our new home.”

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Star Aubrey Plaza Explains Why Playing April’s Sarcasm Was Harder Than It Looked

Aubrey Plaza could steal scenes in Parks and Recreation with just a look, or a roll of her eyes. She nailed April Ludgate’s sarcastic dialogue too. Seven seasons of the show really defined Plaza’s persona as a sarcastic comedian, although she got to play many different types of roles in films. Now, Plaza reveals that April’s sarcasm wasn’t as natural as it appeared.

Parks and Recreation: Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza | Greg Gayne/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Plaza was a guest on The HFPA In Conversation podcast on Nov. 25 to discuss her new movie, Black Bear, which Showbiz Cheat Sheet reviewed at Sundance. Speaking about Parks and Recreation, Plaza explained why April’s sarcasm was such an acting challenge for her. 

Aubrey Plaza says April Ludgate was not as indifferent as she appeared on ‘Parks and Recreation’

April was the perfect contrast to Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), who cared deeply about everything. But, Plaza revealed April secretly cared too. 

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Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt | Colleen Hayes/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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“It’s more difficult than it looks,” Plaza said. “People think that sarcasm and indifference should be really easy, but the thing about April is that deep down underneath, she does care but she’s just hiding it. So it’s more hard to portray someone that deep down really cares but is pretending like they don’t care. There’s a nuance there that I think people don’t realize. There’s a mischievousness to this character.”

When Aubrey Plaza did relate to April Ludgate 

Plaza admits that sometimes she wasn’t just acting on Parks and Recreation. The schedule of filming a weekly television series was enough to turn Plaza into a real life April sometimes.

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Aubrey Plaza and Adam Scott | Greg Gayne/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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“I would say that in some ways, it’s really easy to play an angry intern, especially if you’re hung over,” Plaza said. “You show up to work and you hate everything. Then the cameras are rolling and you still hate everything. That’s helpful sometimes if you’re really tired and it’s five in the morning and you have to go to work. Then it’s very easy to get into that character.”

Aubrey Plaza was not sarcastic about this benefit of ‘Parks and Recreation’

Plaza was completely sincere when it came to talking about her Parks and Recreation costar, Poehler. Plaza was already a fan of Poehler’s improv work with Upright Citizens Brigade and Saturday Night Live.

“She was my hero when I was a child so the fact that I got cast on Parks and Rec where I got to play opposite her was a dream come true,” Plaza said. “She taught me everything that I knew and I carry that with me in everything that I do. I haven’t performed improv on

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York Parks and Recreation Department plans outdoor winter activities

By Dan Bancroft
 |  Portsmouth Herald

YORK – Recognizing the importance of getting outside this winter is at the heart of York’s Parks and Recreation Department’s efforts to offer and publicize outdoor activities, according to Robin Cogger, the department’s director.

Cogger noted that with social restrictions remaining in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone should be asking themselves two questions, “How am I getting outside, and how am I moving my body daily?”

“There is a direct connection between mental health, quality of life, and recreation,” said Cogger, whose remarks followed a presentation by two members of York’s mental health provider network.

Getting out of doors in Maine is not just a summertime pastime, noted Cogger. “Colder temperatures and snow do not have to mark the end of outdoor recreation,” said Cogger, who pointed out the physical, mental and emotional benefits of outdoor activities.

     Cogger listed some of the benefits that support mental health and well-being for all ages, including getting away from indoor germs, something that is particularly important this winter, and boosting your metabolism.

“Spending 15-20 minutes outside just two to three times a week, provides sunshine on your hands and face (Vitamin D), and can be beneficial for your mood and your bones,” continued Cogger.

     Cogger also noted that being outdoors in the winter provides an opportunity to do things differently and see things in a different way.

“You will use different muscles, think differently, and move differently, and that is just plain good for you,” said Cogger.

     Some of the activities to be found on the Parks and Recreation website are Nordic Walking, birding, a new partnership with the York Paddle Tennis and Pickleball Club on Mill Lane, and the outdoor nature programs at White Pine Programs.

     These are in addition to some of the better-known winter activities like ice skating, skiing and hiking.

     “Mt. Agamenticus has seen an incredible increase in activity,” said Cogger.

     The Winter Outdoor Recreation resource listing can be found on the website homepage, www.yorkparksandrec.org.

     Sally Manninen, director of Choose to be Healthy Coalition (www.ctbhorg.org), located at York Hospital, and Maggie Norbert, a social worker and therapist working with Sweetser (www.sweetser.org), also presented to the selectmen about concerns facing people who are living through the pandemic, and extolled the benefits of getting outdoors in order to beat coronavirus fatigue.

     Both professionals noted that the pandemic is harmful for everyone, and particularly for anyone who already suffers from mental or emotional health issues.     

     Norbert suggested limiting access to social media and newsfeeds, and “anchor yourself by taking walks and being outdoors.”

“Try to eat well, try to get a good night’s sleep,” urged Norbert, who also suggested that doing something for others can be enormously beneficial.

“One of the things we know for sure (is that) helping others makes us (and them) feel better,” said Norbert.

“It is a good distraction from what you’re going through, and also keeps the positive thoughts moving, and to be quite frank, it is a huge,

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Seattle Parks and Recreation unveils the $100 million Green Lake Community Center

Coinciding with the third and final installment of a series of public feedback-seeking online open houses, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) recently released conceptual renderings from architecture firm Miller Hull Partnership and landscape architecture practice Berger Partnership that show a new community center at the city’s cherished and heavily-used Green Lake Park.

Centered around a titular 259-acre freshwater lake in north-central Seattle, the Olmsted Brothers-designed green space was established in 1908 and is best known for the 2.8-mile multi-lane recreational path that encircles the lake and its wealth of (occasionally surprising, sometimes panic-inducing) urban wildlife. Nestled alongside the eastern shore of the lake, the park’s existing art deco community center opened in 1928 while the adjacent indoor public swimming pool, Evans Pool, debuted in 1955.

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Aerial view of the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool captured in 1995. (Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

The Green Lake Community Center—complete with gym, dedicated meeting and activity spaces, second-floor “tot room,” and restroom/shower facilities—is one of the oldest of the 26 community centers operated by the parks department. While its popularity hasn’t wavered, the nonagenarian neighborhood hub has been showing its advanced age for some time. A $750,000 multi-phase stabilization project is currently underway so that it can remain open to the public and, to date, numerous fixes have been completed including a crucial roof repair, the installation of a new pool pump, and electrical improvements. Per the SPR, new boilers and an upgraded ventilation system are next up. Meanwhile, both the community center and pool remain closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While these much-needed repairs will enable the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool to remain open in the immediate years to come, the eyes of most Seattleites are fixed on what’s to come further down the line: A brand new community center that, at 90,000 square feet, will be three times the size of the current one.

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An airy welcome hall will serve as a natural place to congregate. (Miller Hull Partnership and Berger Partnership/Courtesy Seattle Parks and Recreation)

As David Graves, a strategic advisor with the parks department, told the Seattle Times, the new Green Lake Community Center will cost an estimated $100 to $120 million—that’s well over three times the cost of the most expensive community center built in the city’s history, a $32 million LEED Gold recreational center and pool that debuted in the South Seattle neighborhood of Rainer Beach in 2013.

The spacious new Green Lake Community Center is slated to feature many of the same amenities as the existing facility while introducing new ones in an effort to introduce a broader range of programming and place additional emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility. The planning and early design phases also come just ahead of next year’s scheduled opening of Roosevelt Station, a new light rail station part of Sound Transit’s Link Northgate extension. Located roughly 20 minutes by foot and less than 10 minutes by bike from Green Lake (also,

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Idaho Parks and Recreation increases fees

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-It will cost more to enter and use an Idaho State Park beginning December 10.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation announced Monday it will adopt a new fee structure and site-specific plan that will also increase the motor vehicle entrance fee by $2, from $5 to $7.

The fees and capsite-type structure are intended to make the reservation process easier by limiting the amount of site types from which to choose. The new options will be “Basic,” “Electric,” and “Full Hook-up.”

There will also be at 8% to 16% increase in fees per site. The new fees will include taxes.

“With our improved fee structure, users will know exactly what they are paying for their sites. And additional revenue from the fee increases will be used to improve and maintain campsites, ensuring users have great outdoor experiences for generations to come,” said Susan Buxton, IDPR Interim Director.

The new rates will be included in the 9-month reservation window
when it opens December 10 and on self-pay envelopes for both day use and walk-up camping.

Out-of-state residents will also see the standard surcharge of $3 per night for campsites, $5 per night for camper cabins and yurts, and 10% per night for houses, cottages, deluxe cabins, and group camps.

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Why Cobra Kai fans are rewatching Parks and Rec

In the fourth episode of Parks and Recreation‘s fourth season — entitled “Pawnee Rangers” — outdoorsman Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and the lovable goofball Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) take on the responsibility of leading the local scouting troop, the titular Pawnee Rangers. Their plans quickly turn sour as a heated rivalry emerges between the Rangers and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), and April Ludgate’s (Aubrey Plaza) all-female Pawnee Goddesses. The two go head to head to determine which is the stronger group, with the only real losers being Ron’s grade school-level pupils.

Leslie and her crew take a fun, laid-back approach, but Ron chooses to teach Andy and the boys survival skills by “roughing it” in the wilderness. Unsurprisingly, they grow miserable very quickly, as vocalized by a Pawnee Ranger named Darren, who delivers the now-famous line, “I like you, Mr. Swanson, it’s just, all we do is sit in silence and eat beans.” 

What most audiences didn’t realize at the time is that the actor behind Darren is Cobra Kai-mainstay Jacob Bertrand, who has brought Eli Moskowitz, or Hawk, as he’s now known around the dojo, to life for the past two seasons. Parks and Rec isn’t the only series Bertrand guest-starred on before becoming one of Cobra Kai’s most aggressive combatants, either. He also popped up in the season 3 Community episode “Regional Holiday Music” as a young Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), adding yet another cult-favorite sitcom to his resume.

Thankfully, Jacob Bertrand seems to have grown out of the cameo phase of his career. He continues to impress on Cobra Kai, earning his spot as one of the program’s up-and-coming stars.

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Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department lists 10-year priorities | News

ELIZABETHTON — The completion of a bicycle and hiking trail that has been under construction for decades is one of the top priorities listed in the goals and objectives of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department.

These goals and objectives for the period 2021 to 2030 can be found in the Parks and Recreation Department’s 10-year Master Plan, which was developed by the Parks and Recreation Board and has been approved by the Elizabethton City Council.

The top priorities of the Master Plan were discussed in the November edition of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Newsletter. It lists the top priorities to be the completion of the Elizabethton Linear Path; improvements to the Covered Bridge Park; the extension of the Hampton Watershed Bike and Hiking Trail; and Surf Betsy.

In addition to these plans, the Parks and Recreation Board also included the possible partnership with the Carter County Parks and Recreation Committee to build a new park near the start of the new Mary Patton Highway.

Another consideration is the desire to build a skate park.

The completion of the Linear Path would be noteworthy for no other reason than the long time it has been under development. Work began on the trail in the 1980’s. With the exception of the Tweetsie Trail, the Linear Trail also impacts more parts of the city, extending from Sycamore Shoals in the west to East Side in the east.

The trail begins near East Side Elementary School and follows the Doe River to the confluence with the Watauga River, then west along the Watauga River two Sycamore Shoals.

In addition two recreation facility projects, programs and special events are also top priorities. The newsletter reported that work is ongoing to plan and implement several events, including the Covered Bridge Days, which has recently been acquired by the Parks and Recreation Department from the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce. That event coincides with the department’s Covered Bridge Jams, the summering series of free concerts at Covered Bridge Park held nearly every Saturday night during the season.

Athletic leagues and tournament play is also a top priority in the Master Plan. New pickle ball, kick ball, wiffle ball and other atheltic leaves will be offered for the first time in 2021, and the department plans to open its baseball and softball facilities on weekends for travel ball tournament play.

To view the entire 10-year Master Plan, go to www.elizabethton.org and click on the link to the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation page.

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Lafayette Parks and Recreation takes fun approach to community outreach

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Parks and Recreation is taking a new approach when it comes to connecting with the community.

“It was a way to raise morale internally, but to try to give the public something positive and fun during a scary time,” Lafayette Parks and Recreation Marketing Manager, Samantha Haville, told News 18.

Haville has not only used the account to raise morale but promote safe activities as well.

“Our parks are open,” Explained Haville. “We wanted to encourage people to safely get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.”

Haville says the TikTok account has also served as a hiring tool for the department.

“Some of our returning lifeguards danced to a trending song and we kind of put out a call [for lifeguards],” Haville says the message was well received. “Immediately following we received tons of applications.”

Back in July, the department posted a video to Living on a Prayer.

“Jon Bon Jovi himself actually shared our video on his Instagram,” Haville told us.

Haville has no plans on stopping the videos any time soon. She told News 18, “It seems to be something positive and something to look forward to. I think we’re going to keep going and see where it takes us.”

Click here if you’d like to view the team’s TikTok videos.

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