John Hendry Park - Phase 2 PubJohn Hendry Park - Phase 2 Public Engagement Introduction
Creating a plan to guide the future of John Hendry Park has been a journey – a path that has taken some pauses and detours as our City and the world around us has evolved. During this journey, new information and knowledge have emerged. While many directions for the park have remained constant the entire way, new information has led to rethinking and refining some directions. Throughout it all, people who love and care for John Hendry Park have continued to engage, sharing their hopes, as well as their concerns, for the future of this important park. Through the process, a draft plan for the park has emerged. It seeks to balance diverse, and at times, competing community desires, align with the City’s commitments and policies, and achieve the long-time vision for a healthy and inclusive John Hendry Park.
John Hendry Park - Trout Lake John Hendry Park - Trout Lake Water Quality Monitoring & Treatment
Trout Lake is, and will continue to be, the centrepiece of John Hendry Park. The community wishes a swimmable lake; however, the current practice of pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Trout Lake each year is not resulting in a consistently safe lake for swimming, nor is the continued
use of drinking water sustainable during our increasingly hot and dry summers. Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan and Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan call for us to reduce our consumption of drinking water, including in our civic facilities and parks like John Hendry Park.
John Hendry Park - Flexible OpJohn Hendry Park - Flexible Open Spaces
Throughout the process, participants have emphasized the importance of places to just “be” in John Hendry Park. The COVID-19 pandemic has further revealed how important open, unprogrammed spaces are to individuals and groups.
John Hendry Park - Bicycle CirJohn Hendry Park - Bicycle Circulation
The BC Parkway Trail through John Hendry Park is an important link in the City’s active transportation network. However, community input has identified a need to think more about how to fit active transportation within an increasingly busy community park setting.
John Hendry Park - Dog Off-LeaJohn Hendry Park - Dog Off-Leash Area
The dog off-leash area in John Hendry Park is well-used and well-loved by many and this area will continue to provide great places for pets to swim, socialize, and live their best lives. The primary objectives for the off-leash area are increasing safety for all park users, while maintaining a great space for dogs and people to play freely. The proposed approach outlined below, follows the guidelines of Vancouver Park Board’s People, Parks & Dogs Strategy, while seeking to integrate the ideas and desires shared in community engagement.
John Hendry Park - Sports FielJohn Hendry Park - Sports Fields
Playing sports in a park setting like John Hendry Park is a special experience. However, the park is located on a historic bog – which means soil conditions can be challenging for managing and maintaining high-quality playing fields. The goal for John Hendry Park is to create higher-quality playing fields in key locations, while balancing the need to share spaces for all park users in this busy area.
John Hendry Park - South BeachJohn Hendry Park - South Beach Event Plaza
John Hendry Park’s South Beach Activity Area is planned to become a premier beach destination – a vision well-supported throughout the process (refer to the Concept Overview for details about this area). The adjacent South Beach Event Area is intended to complement the beach area, creating a space for story-telling, arts, and celebration.
John Hendry Park - Farmers MarJohn Hendry Park - Farmers Market Relocation
Thousands of people visit John Hendry Park to pick up local produce and goods at the Trout Lake Farmers Market. Throughout the process, different spaces have been considered for the market.
John Hendry Park - Courts ActiJohn Hendry Park - Courts Activity Centre
The Courts Activity Centre will welcome people of all ages to take part in a game – casual or competitive – while providing a more attractive atmosphere to relax before and after playing or to watch a game.
John Hendry Park - Victoria DrJohn Hendry Park - Victoria Drive Community Plaza
The space between the Trout Lake Community Centre and Victoria Drive is an underused part of John Hendry Park. The space is proposed to become an extension of the community centre, bringing more activities into the outdoors. Tailored primarily towards youth, but welcoming everyone, the Victoria Drive Community Plaza will become a more exciting gathering area.