Build a Bi-national Park at the US/Mexico Border!
Beginning with a series of lectures in the coming months, architect Jim Brown will be introducing his conceptual design of a truly bi-national park. In early 2018, through a series of workshops with other Loeb Fellows from Harvard University, Jim will seek to bring this proposal to a greater degree of completion.
Friendship Park is a historic meeting place, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the US-Mexico border, where generations of people from Mexico and the United States have gathered in a spirit of friendship. Designed to unite the people of the two countries, at its center sits a bi-national circular plaza, created in a single pour of cement, and a monument marking the end of the US-Mexico War. When then-First Lady Pat Nixon inaugurated the surrounding area as California’s Border Field State Park in 1971, she ordered her security service to cut the barbed wire at Friendship Park, so she could hug people on the Mexican side of the border. "I hope there won't be a fence here too much longer,” she said.
Sadly, Friendship Park is now marred by a wall covered in thick metal mesh, prohibiting virtually all physical contact:
families are not allowed to hug, even after years of separation;
members of the public find it almost impossible to get to know each other;
access is restricted to short, prison-like “visiting hours,” on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our proposal would create a truly bi-national park:
where families can meet at the historic monument.
where people can collaborate inside a garden of native plants;
where friends, new and old, can play together on the beach.
Learn more! Join Us!
Saturday, Dec. 16, 1:30 - 2 pm
Pre-Posada History of Friendship Park
Join John Fanestil and Maria Teresa Fernandez for a brief history and photographic display about the history of this unique location.
On-site at Friendship Park (US side), before La Posada Sin Fronteras.
Peace Arch Park -
a truly bi-national park on the US-Canada Border