The Friends of Friendship Park are asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow public use of Friendship Park. The group is also encouraging the Department of Homeland Security to invite and include public input in all decisions related to the border wall and “specifically about changes to Friendship Park.” And it’s also pushing for CBP and DHS to cancel all contracts for border wall construction. See video report here.
Six years after the legislature set aside $6 million for the damaged road at Border Field State Park, the road remains closed. Cyclone fencing blocks all access to the state park, and the public area on Monument Mesa is overgrown with weeds. Read article here.
The short film, “Too Long Here,” directed by Emily Packer, shows archival footage from the day that then First Lady Pat Nixon flew to the mesa above the beach where strands of barbed wire fencing separated San Diego from Tijuana. She officially turned the land over to the state of California. “I hope there won’t be a fence too long here,” Nixon said to the crowd. Read article here. Visit film festival website here.
Border Report's Salvador Rivera reports that Friendship Park, within Border Field State Park, will soon re-open. The park has remained closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. A California State Parks spokesman said that the plan is to re-open in June. Read article and see video report here.
In a typical year (before Covid), thousands of families travel THROUGH California's Border Field State Park to get to FRIENDSHIP PARK, the historic meeting place on the US-Mexico border. As these families look forward to the re-opening of the State Park, plans should be made to ensure they don't have to go through mud and water to get to reunite with loved ones. (video and photos: Maria Teresa Fernandez)