Despite all the backrooms, and the naked and sex parties going on in Amsterdam, many guys still prefer a ramble in the brambles. In 2008 the government of Amsterdam decriminalized sexual activity in the Netherlands' most popular and famous park, the Vondelpark. Sex should be after dark however, and police may eject couples making too much noise. Leaving condoms or other trash is also forbidden. "Why prohibit something that hardly bothers other people and that, to the contrary, gives much pleasure to a particular group?" asked Paul van Grieken, an Amsterdam official. What more can one say?
Some of the most popular parks include:
Nieuwe Meer (Anton Schleperspad) busy day and night, but can be muddy, and sometimes attracts gay bashers.
Vondelpark (near Leidseplein) popular day and night, particularly at the rose garden in the center of the park.
Oosterpark (by Tropenmuseum) cruisy after sunset, and popular with local Arab guys. This park gets very dark at night.
De Oeverlanden (De Oeverlanden Schleperspad 1) on the south side, with shade trees and a lakefront, is one of Holland's most popular parks and busiest cruising haunts. The city has posted signs pointing out the areas where cruising takes place and men have sex with other men.