John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park master plan

John Hendry Park and Trout Lake

The Vancouver Park Board is developing a long-range master plan for John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park.

The master planning process is an opportunity for you and the Parks Board to collaborate on how the park may evolve over the next 10 to 15 years.

A parallel study on stormwater quality will assess water quality treatment options, watercourse enhancement, stormwater inflows, and enhanced recreational use of Trout Lake.

Goals and objectives of this project 

The master plan is the next step in improvements to John Hendry Park. In 2009, the Trout Lake Rink was replaced in preparation for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The community centre was replaced two years later with the new LEED gold-rated Trout Lake Community Centre, opening to the public in 2012.

The objective of the planning process is to ensure the park continues to be a vibrant and well-loved community gathering space for years to come. 

The master plan will support the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan goals to enhance biodiversity, improve ecological health, reduce combined sewer overflows, and increase access to nature.

Recent developments with this project

Update and refinement of the draft master plan

March 2019 - Engagement to update and refine the 2015 draft master plan will begin in June 2019 and will include public and stakeholder engagement sessions. Information on these events will be posted on the website and on site.

We have put the planning process on pause

May 30, 2014 - Master planning for John Hendry Park is paused as the Park Board awaits the conclusion of the city-wide off leash dog process in fall 2017. The findings and recommendations will prove valuable in informing future plans for the entire Trout Lake project. We will continue to engage with stakeholders and residents over the next few months once the master planning process resumes.

Thank you to all who participated in our John Hendry Park Master Plan questionnaire. 

Meeting with the community

May 13, 2014 – Park Board staff met with dog owner representatives and are forming a working group with them to resolve dog off-leash area issues.

Tell us what you think

April 16, 2014 – Share your views on the proposed directions for John Hendry Park. The questionnaire is open until midnight on April 30.

Join us at an open house to review and comment on a draft master plan

March 20, 2014 – The public is invited to attend an open house to review and comment on a draft master plan for John Hendry Park. The plan was developed in consultation with community stakeholders and through input received at three open houses and online over the past seven months.

Date: Tuesday, April 15 (drop in anytime between 5pm - 8pm)
Location: Trout Lake Community Centre, Grandview Room, 3360 Victoria Dr

What do you think of the proposed directions generated in the design workshop?

December 5, 2013 – If you were unable to attend the recent design workshop or presentation, we would still like to hear from you. Complete our online questionnaire to provide feedback on the proposed directions generated from the design workshop and on some of the complex issues identified in the first round of public input.

The questionnaire is open until midnight on December 20.

Join us in an interactive design workshop

November 18, 2013 – Join us in an interactive workshop to help generate options for the future of the park. The event will take place over two evenings: the design workshop will be held on the first night, followed by a presentation of proposed directions generated in the workshop on the second night. Join us for one evening or two – your ideas are important to us!

The project update and questionnaire will be available here December 5.

Feedback questionnaire about John Hendry Park now closed

November 4, 2013 – Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on John Hendry Park. Stay tuned to find out what we heard and next steps in the master plan process.

Tell us your experiences, ideas, and concerns about John Hendry Park

October 18, 2013 – If you are unable to attend the open house on October 19, or prefer to provide input in the comfort of your own home, this is your chance. Take our online questionnaire and let us know how you experience the park and what you envision for its future. The questionnaire is open until midnight November 1, 2013.

Public open house: Saturday, October 19, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Fall 2013 – Join us at an interactive event to share your stories, knowledge, concerns and ideas about John Hendry Park. Drop in for as long as you want, and help shape the future of John Hendry Park! You can also view the open house presentation boards in the 'documents' tab.

Following the open house, two more public events are planned, one in late fall 2013 and one in spring 2014. Check here for upcoming details about these events.

Project begins

August 28, 2013 – Park Board staff and consultants have their first meeting on the John Hendry Park master plan project.

Project details

Project type

Park master plan

Project purpose

The master plan is an opportunity to understand the values of John Hendry Park users today, and explore innovations that could create a healthy, thriving environment and recreation destination for the future. 

The John Hendry Park master plan will establish directions and investment priorities for park development.

What does a master plan do?

A master plan is a guiding document that sets the course for future planning and development. It:

  • Documents and analyzes existing facilities, amenities and qualities
  • Engages park users and community members to capture their concerns and ideas
  • Establishes a guiding vision
  • Provides recommendations for capital, operational and design improvements
  • Establishes a fiscally-responsible implementation timeline for realizing change

Project timeline

Phase  Timeline 
1: Inventory, analysis, and ideas  September to October 2013 
2: Master plan options  October to December 2013 
3: Draft master plan  January to May 2014 
4: Recommended master plan  May to July 2014 

Key dates

Date Event
August 28, 2013  Project initiation 
October 19, 2013  Public open house #1: Ideas event 
October 2013  Public ideas survey 
December 2013  Public open house #2: Charrette, Prelimary Concept Plans 
May 2014  Draft stormwater management study 
April 2014  Public Open House #3: Draft Master Plan review 
July 2014  Presentation to Park Board  - Recommended Master Plan

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The master planning process is an opportunity to capture the ideas and concerns of local residents, park users and stakeholders, and translate these ideas into a coherent path forward for John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park.

John Hendry Park is located in East Vancouver’s Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. It is a premier destination park with the only accessible freshwater lake in Vancouver.

The park was first created in the 1920s and expanded to its current 27.3 hectares (67.5 acres) over the following 40 years.

Park features

Notable park features include:

  • Numerous recreational fields
  • Multi-use trails
  • Trout Lake Community Centre and Ice Rink
  • An off-leash dog area 

The park is very popular and attracts in the order of 750,000 visitors per year for a variety of recreation and cultural events.

Trout Lake

Trout Lake, the park's central feature, is framed by vegetation and walking paths. The lake includes a man-made sandy beach at the south side, and another on the north side in the dog off-leash dog area.

Unfortunately, water quality issues result in frequent beach closures and swimming restrictions in summer months.

Trout Lake Community Centre and Ice Rink 

In 2009, the Trout Lake Rink was replaced. The new rink served as a figure skating training facility for 150 athletes representing 35 nations in the 2010 Olympic and Parlympic Winter Games.

After the Games, the Olympic-size ice sheet was converted to a standard NHL-size rink, providing an Olympic legacy facility for the community’s use and enjoyment. 

In 2012, the LEED gold-rated Trout Lake Community Centre opened, replacing the old community centre. The state of the art facilities reflect the importance of sustainable practices in their design and function. The centre's architects received an award of Excellence For Green Building from the GLOBE Foundation and World Green Building Council.  

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