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 Executive Director of Via International, the fiscal sponsor of the Friends of Friendship Park.  Together with friends in both countries, John convenes 

The Border Church,

a weekly communion service 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.



Wade is a retired CPA. In addition to spending time with family and friends he enjoys helping disadvantaged youth develop their reading skills and volunteering at Friendship Park.



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 as the host of the Via Cafe at Via International.