Officially called John Hendry Park (though most Vancouverites call it Trout Lake Park), this 27 hectare area was once the site of the Hastings Sawmill, which used the lake as its water source. In 1926, John Hendry's daughter donated the land to the Park Board under the condition that it be named after her father. A community centre was constructed on the site in 1963, called Trout Lake Community Centre.
The park is always bustling with people using the community centre's ice rink (renovated for the 2010 Winter Olympics) or taking advantage of the playing fields, trails, basketball and tennis courts, play structures, baseball diamonds... This is also the first site of the Vancouver Farmers Markets. What started out as 14 farmers in 1995 has quickly grown to be one of the most popular farmers markets in the city. It's open every Saturday between 9am and 2pm from May 9th to October 24th and is definitely worth a visit.
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