Border Field State Park

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Border Field State Park
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Border Field State Park sign
Map showing the location of Border Field State Park
Map showing the location of Border Field State Park
Location San Diego County, California, United States
Nearest city Imperial Beach, California
Coordinates 32°32′4″N 117°7′22″W / 32.53444°N 117.12278°W / 32.53444; -117.12278Coordinates: 32°32′4″N 117°7′22″W / 32.53444°N 117.12278°W / 32.53444; -117.12278
Area 1,316 acres (533 ha)
Established 1972
Visitors 62,000[1] (in FY 2014/2015)
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Border Field State Park is a state park of California, United States, containing beach and coastal habitat on the Mexico–United States border. The park is located within the city limits of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, adjacent to the suburb of Playas de Tijuana in Mexico. It is the southwesternmost point of the contiguous United States and is also the southernmost point in the state of California.[2] Immediately adjacent is the monument marking the Initial Point of Boundary Between U.S. and Mexico.

History[edit]

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending the war between the United States and Mexico. It provided that the new international border between the two countries be established by a joint United States and Mexican Boundary Survey. The commission began its survey at Border Field.[2]

Evolving border restraints at Border Field State Park
1974 border 
2008 border 
2014 border 

Habitat[edit]

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve contains much of Border Field State Park and is an important wildlife habitat. The salt and freshwater marshes give refuge to migrating waterfowl and resident wading birds, such as black-necked stilt, American avocet, green-winged teal, American wigeon and pelicans. The park offers hiking, horse trails, surf fishing and birding.[2]

Visitors[edit]

For fiscal year 2014-15 61,799 people visited the Border Field State Park,[1] up from 45,633 in FY 2011-2012.[3]

Small portions of the park often become flooded and are inaccessible to the public. New border fences have also taken small portions of the park away.

Beach at Border Field State Park in Imperial Beach near San Diego 2007 (before fortification).
To the East:
San Ysidro
California State Beaches To the South
Tijuana

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "California State Park System Statistical Report 2014/15 Fiscal Year" (PDF). Statewide Planning Unit Planning Division California State Parks. pp. 32–33. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Border Field SP". California State Parks. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  3. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report 2011/12 Fiscal Year". Statewide Planning Unit Planning Division California State Parks. pp. 28–29. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 

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