History


Timeline of Events | Posada Sin Fronteras

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Friendship Park is located within the Border Field State Park in San Diego California. Established in 1974, the park encompassed four hundred eighteen acres of land in the Tijuana Estuary to enhance public access to its natural and cultural features.  Lying along the Pacific Coast and adjacent to Mexico, the new development allowed access to the beach and more importantly historic Monument Mesa.  On top the Coastal Mesa rests border marker 258, originally marker 1, observing the U.S. Mexico boundary, established in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1849.  Over one hundred fifty-nine years ago the Boundary Joint Commission met at that exact location in San Diego to survey the land and divide their countries.  In the 1880’s a monument was placed to commemorate the initial point of the boundary and celebrate a friendship between the two nations.  In 1971 Pat Nixon, the wife of President Richard Nixon, commemorated this beautiful spot as friendship park or parque de amistad, a place where friends and family could meet, despite nationality.

For the most recent history of Friendship Park read Jill Holslin's article that was published in an anthology from San Diego City College, "Saving Friendship Park, a history of the San Diego Coalition Friends of Friendship Park."



Timeline of Events

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(We are currently compiling additional images and video to bring this up to date.)

February 21, 2009: Pastor detained while attempting to serve communion across the wall

March 1, 2009: Video, Border Patrol Officer threatens a guy on crutches

March 8, 2009: photos

March 28, 2009: video

April 5, 2009: pictures

April 7, 2009: video A and video B

April 13, 2009: pictures

April 15, 2009: Vigil outside Border Patrol (PDF)

April 17, 2009: Divided Friendship Presentation

April 26-29, 2009: Delegation to Washington DC (PDF)

May 10, 2009: Mother's Day

May 29, 2009: Friends of Friendship Park receives SOHO People in the Trenches award

June 6, 2009: Signing Through II (PDF)

Nov 5, 2009: FFP lament limited access design for Friendship Park Press Release (PDF)

Nov 9, 2009: Vigil at Friendship Park commemorating the Fall of the Berlin Wall (PDF)


What It Was
The Park supported...

Gatherings Over the years there have been many bi-national gatherings at the Monument

Families Separated by the border
meet for picnics.


Friendship   Across a border



Posada Sin Fronteras celebration, Dec 2007

People gathered on both sides of the border again at Border Field State Park on December 15, 2007, to celebrate Christian hope, hospitality and catholicity. In the contemporary practice of the Mexican church, people celebrate hospitality with a party as there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph. In the ancient practice of the Church (Works of Mercy), we specifically took time to mourn for those who have died crossing the border. The theme for this 14th annual Posada was Familias Sin Fronteras, or families without borders.


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