Virtual meeting to discuss possible future of Friendship Park

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Dozens of members of the Friends of Friendship Park group and others gathered online Monday to discuss what they would like to see with Friendship Park in the South Bay after the federal government suspended a plan to repair the Border wall near the park.

James Brown is one of the people involved in a design summit involving architects and others that took place this weekend on the future of the park.

“We took in all kinds of needs and wants from all kinds of people who use this park on a regular basis. And as professionals, we had six professional designs from architects, landscape architects and urban theorists,” Brown said.

Topics such as possible construction drawings, better access to the park, feedback and the course of discussions with Customs and Border Protection were raised on Monday evening.

“Our two key takeaways: The 30 foot high walls number one would obliterate this historic site. The second important thing we need is a commitment to providing staff that will make the opening of Friendship Park possible; a commitment to staffing,” Brown said, “Our vision of staffing combines border patrol with maybe parks or state parks or national parks, sort of cooperation.”

Brown said that after that meeting they will request a meeting with CBP to discuss the final designs and see if they can come to some common ground for the future of Friendship Park.

ABC 10News reached out to CBP officials about the project and Monday night’s meeting, but they didn’t respond until this story went public.

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