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Activists Say Friendship Park Access Not Enough

A group that's been fighting for public access to San Diego's Friendship Park along the U.S.-Mexico border wants to make sure park visitors can go right up to the border fence. The group wants federal officials to remodel the access area they just built.

Communion ceremony at Friendship Park on January 18, 2009.
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Above: Communion ceremony at Friendship Park on January 18, 2009.

Federal authorities sealed off Friendship Park when they built more border fencing earlier this year.

For decades, friends and family gathered at the park to visit through the fence. Activists have fought to restore public access to the park.

Federal authorities recently built a gated area that may eventually allow people back into a small patch. However, it keeps people about six feet from the border fence.

John Fanestil is with the group Friends of Friendship Park. He says that's unsatisfactory.

"I've seen people greet their newborn grandchildren through that fence. I've seen lovers make out through that fence. And removing those kind of human interactions, it really guts the park from its historic purpose."

U.S. federal border officials won't offer any information about the new gated area. They don't know if or when the it will open.

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Aired 11/10/09

A group that's fighting for public access to San Diego's Friendship Park along the U.S.-Mexico border wants to make sure park visitors can go right up to the border fence. The group wants federal officials to remodel the access area they just built.

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evavrgs | November 10, 2009 at 7:50 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm all for it. It's not a gateway unless you call it a gateway to the heart. If only the feds can see it that way, but I know what will do protesting, protesting and the more people who will help protest will get there attention. Letters to your Congressperson like Bilbray. Good going you guys let me know when the next protest is. I'll be there. evavrgs@cox.net

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