In order to build the park, the municipality was forced to move a very old cemetery that once stood there. When the municipality offered plans to convert the cemetery to the park, there were quite a few protests on the subject, but in the end the demonstrators surrendered and agreed with the new location of the cemetery.
There are inviting lawns, walking areas, cycling, picnic areas and playgrounds for the children. There are quite a few statues and monuments in the park. In the park you can spend a few hours relaxing. Near the park is the Tropenmuseum. During the hot summer days, you will see many children in its tiny pool, surfing the slides and enjoying the fun facilities.
Apart from the usual things that characterize most parks, it also houses the National Slave Monument, which perpetuates the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands in 1863. The monument was unveiled in 2002 before the presence of the Queen.