Oklahoma City police arrested 16 men this week during a four-day sting aimed at addressing homosexual activity at a Lake Hefner public park.
Those arrested on misdemeanor lewd-acts complaints ranged in age from 20 to 61.
Homosexual activity at Hobie Point, on the south side of the lake, is a problem police have battled for more than a decade.
In 1999, then-Police Capt. Charles Allen told Oklahoman
reporters the problem was one officers had to address every year as warm weather drew more people to the lake.
Ten years later, police admit they can’t physically stop the men from going to Hobie Point any more than they can stop prostitutes from frequenting areas along S Robinson.
What police can do is try to maintain an atmosphere that will deter this kind of activity, police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.
"I can’t say whether five years from now whether it will be the same,” Wardow said. "We are proactive in our approach in trying to eliminate this.”
Despite the arrests and the site’s reputation, Wardlow said people don’t need to avoid the area.
"We want them to be able to go there and take their family and not have to worry about this kind of activity,” she said.