Friends of Friendship Park

The Friends of Friendship Park are members of the community working to create a future in which the public will have unrestricted access to this historic meeting place. The Friends dedicate themselves to the work of advocacy on behalf of the many families who depend on the Park to be able to see their families and friends, and because they see in Friendship Park the possibility of a better future for the peoples of both Mexico and the United States. To inquire about becoming a Friend of Friendship Park, contact us.



James Brown is an architect with a focus in affordable housing in urban environments for artists and artisans. To learn more see:



John Fanestil is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Together with Pastor Guillermo Navarrete, John convenes 

El Faro: the Border Church,

a weekly celebration of communion at Friendship Park.

Maria Teresa


Maria Teresa Fernandez es fotógrafa ambulante de la frontera Tijuana/San Diego.


Maria Teresa Fernandez, a photographer, has spent years documenting the San Diego-Tijuana border.



Dan Watman is the principal organizer of Border Encuentro and coordinator of the Bi-national Friendship Garden of Native Plants inside Friendship Park.  He lives in Tijuana and is a part-time Spanish teacher.

Jill Marie


Jill Marie Holslin is a writer, photographer and border activist living in Tijuana, Mexico.  Her work focuses on two issues: the U.S.-Mexico border wall and urban art and culture in Tijuana.  Her blog is At the Edges.



Pedro Rios serves as director of the American Friends Service Committee’s U.S./Mexico Border Program. He also serves on the board of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a coalition of organizations working to support immigrant rights. 



Robert Vivar is an activist

with a passion for family reunification, and a founding member of several community groups in Tijuana.  Robert works at a major call center, helping deportees integrate as productive residents.

The Friends of Friendship Park is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for increased public access to the historic meeting place on the US-Mexico border.  For more information contact:

Many thanks to our fiscal sponsor: 

c/o Via International / 1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego CA 92113 / EIN: 95-2961670