Development Project - Parks and Open Space


The Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island Parks and Open Space system and program are the culmination of over a decade of public discussion on how these extraordinary open spaces at the center of San Francisco Bay can best contribute to the City’s and region’s future. The redevelopment of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island will provide approximately 290 acres of open space and parks, including 80 acres on YBI and 210 acres on Treasure Island.

Learn about TI/YBI parks and open space opening in Phase 1 of the Development Construction Project.

Parks and Open Space System:

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The development project includes the following parks and open spaces:

Treasure Island parks and open space:

Shoreline Parks: A series of waterfront parks that wrap the western, northern and eastern edges of Treasure Island, characterized by the Waterfront Plaza at the transit hub, Pier 1, a continuous waterfront promenade, water access, and sculpted topography.

Sports and Recreation Park: An active park designed specifically for sports recreation.

Urban Agriculture Park: A park devoted to the production of food and/or nursery stock with opportunities to provide an educational outreach program.

Northern Shoreline Park and Wilds: Constructed habitats that integrate stormwater management, education and limited passive recreation.

Urban Core: A series of plazas and open spaces that help activate the retail core and the transit hub. These areas include Waterfront Plaza, Clipper Cove Promenade, Marina Plaza and the Cultural Park.

Pedestrian Network & Neighborhood Parks: Social spaces and amenities specifically designed for residents.

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Yerba Buena Island parks, open space and natural areas:

Hilltop Park: A regional and neighborhood serving park with passive recreational areas, overlooks, and picnic areas.

Regional Open Space - Habitat Management Areas: Most of the island’s open space is dedicated to habitat management and associated recreational uses such as hiking, biking, and picnicking.

Trails and Overlooks: A continuous network of rustic hiking trails provides access to the island’s open space areas and overlooks.

Senior Officers’ Quarters Historic District: Existing gardens surrounding the historic Senior Officers Quarters.

Image of rendering of future HIlltop Park on Yerba Buena IslandImage of rendering of future HIlltop Park on Yerba Buena Island

Goals and Principles:

The following goals and principals guide the design of the parks and open space system overall.

Safe and Accessible:
Ensure that parks and open spaces are easily accessible by transit, universally accessible to all and safe for both pedestrians and bicyclists.

Diverse Programing:
The creation of an authentic San Francisco neighborhood and regional destination that will draw visitors from around the Bay Area and beyond are central to the vision set forth in those documents. The parks and open space program has been developed to reach a wide demographic of residents and visitors with a diversity of uses and opportunities for social and cultural events, passive and active recreation, hiking, biking, and natural areas.

Unique Places:
Each park has been designed to reveal and magnify the natural and cultural forces that influences its unique role in the community and its place in the landscape, and each has its own visual character and experiential qualities, specific to location, context and program. Taken as a whole, the first phase of parks support a cohesive vision that contributes to the identity of each island and is greater than the sum of parts.

Protection, Restoration and Enhancement:
The Yerba Buena Island Habitat Management Plan (the "YBI HMP") establishes the framework for long-term restoration, enhancement and protection of Yerba Buena Island's natural areas.  The HMP guides TIDA’s near-term and long-term operations, care and maintenance of YBI natural areas with an emphasis on managing for biodiversity.  Learn more about YBI Habitat Management Plan implementation.

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