Situated on the Coquitlam River, Hockaday Park is an ideal location for enjoying a river front experience, with a viewing platform, a small sand beach and interpretive signage.
Built into the natural terrain, the playground includes climbing structures, swings and open grass area for casual play.
A Look Back
Movie fans may be interested to know that the Coquitlam River area was an early ‘Hollywood North’. In the 1930’s, Karl Jacobs, a Canadian born stunt man, married actress, Clara Guiol and purchased the Oxbow Ranch. Renaming it Steelhead Lodge, they built cabins, and fashioned it into a fishing lodge and Hollywood hide-away, where it was rumoured to have been visited by such stars as Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Errol Flynn, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and Kim Novak. Local residents remembered seeing a line of luxury cars, some with chauffeurs, making their way along the dirt roads towards the ranch. Several streets in the River Springs area were named after the famous visitors.
Source: “Coquitlam: 100 Years: Reflections of the Past,” District of Coquitlam, 1990
Image: Steelhead Lodge under construction in 1938 at the Oxbow Ranch (page 337) in “Coquitlam: 100 Years: Reflections of the Past,” District of Coquitlam, 1990