U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin construction this week to replace the deteriorated primary fence at the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Friendship Circle Project, which is situated along the border in San Diego, CA near Friendship Park. The secondary fence replacement construction, which was announced on February 13, 2023, is nearly completed.
As announced on January 17, 2023, CBP and USBP remain committed to allowing visitors on the U.S. side of the border with access to Friendship Park. Following the completion of construction activities, access to the Park will be coordinated with USBP through a gate in the secondary barrier, during designated periods of time, once it is operationally safe to do so. In addition, CBP and USBP remain committed to restoring the Bi-National Garden located within Friendship Park, following the completion of construction activities, and allowing for long term maintenance community stakeholders during open hours. In preparation for construction activities, USBP and its environmental contractor have preserved native and protected plants located within the garden so that they can maintain preservation until completion of the construction project and the garden is restored. The Friendship Circle Project, once completed, will provide necessary life, safety, and security improvements to the border infrastructure in this area.