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.
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, 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.
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.