ABOUT THE PARK:  THE INAUGURATION

On August 18, 1971 First Lady Pat Nixon inaugurated the surrounding 800 acres in the United States as California’s Border Field State Park, calling it the first phase of what officials declared would someday become International Friendship Park. After planting a commemorative tree, Mrs.  Nixon instructed her security detail to cut the wire so she could enter Mexico to greet an adoring crowd. “I hope there won’t be a fence too long here,” she said that day.

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The Friends of Friendship Park is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for increased public access to the historic meeting place on the US-Mexico border. 

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