Vondrasek up in the air – literally!

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Bill Vondrasek at an Outward Bound team-building activity in 2012.

Photo by: Facebook

We like to salt away photos of city officials and prominent Baltimoreans over here at The Brew, but it’s not often we get shots of them dangling from a zip-line in the woods.

That appears to be what we have here, via the Tree Baltimore Facebook page, with this shot they posted on their Timeline today showing the head of the city’s Recreation and Parks Department.

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a flying squirrel . . . No it’s Bill Vondrasek, Acting-Director of BCRP! Today, at Outward Bound, as part of a team building activity!” the caption says.

Many thanks to TreeBaltimore, a subset of Rec and Parks’ Urban Forestry Division, for posting this and mixing up our image gallery.

The last shot we had of Vondrasek, he was fielding hostile questions from a pack of nearly 500 angry Patterson Park partisans who were furious about the city’s plan to put a loop road and parking there.

We’re thinking he was having a much better day today.

Turns out, by the way, our Mayor is another Outward Bound graduate, according to this 1994 Sun article that describes the confidence-boosting value she derived from the challenging course.

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  • trueheart4life

    “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a flying squirrel … ” ~ Yup!

  • Walter

    When Patterson Park was build cars were not even invented. I think that the parking lot is a good idea. All the tourists, fair goers, and soccer players, and ice skaters take up the   resident’s parking spots and these homeowners cannot even find a place to park in front of their own homes!!!

    This NIMB approach just does not hold water now that everyone drives a car. Its time for Patterson Park to accommodate the automobiles, after all its the Park that is causing the parking space shortage!  We need at least 500 parking spaces just for the Polish Festival!

    Dr. Walter

  • Keith Pratz

    do you live in the park area? Do you go to the park at all? Because if you did you would realize what a bad idea having 100 cars driving around the park looking for parking.  If you cant find a parking spot get rid of your car and take a bus.

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