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Some Hopeful Border Fence Won’t Destroy Popular Park

Friendship park on the U.S.-Mexico border has already been destroyed to make way for a new border fence.  But people still hope the Imperial Beach meeting point can be saved.  KPBS reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Friendship Park was dedicated in 1971 as a place where Mexican and American people could come together.  But plans to complete a triple border fence will make that a thing of the past. 

John Fanistil is a Methodist minister who's been giving communion at the border park for several months. He says Friendship Park is a special place.

Fanistil: For generations it's been a famous, a very celebrated meeting place where people from San Diego and Tijuana or from other parts of the two nations could gather together in friendship and visit together through the border fence and share a meal and spend the day picnicking at the park. 

The park is home to a monument, erected in 1849, which marks the place where surveyors began drawing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fanistil still hopes the Obama administration may review border fence policies, and save Friendship Park.

Tom Fudge, KPBS News.

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