Treasure Island: A Forward-Looking Community

What You'll Learn

  • Explore the planning principles that form the foundation of the Treasure Island project.
  • Learn more about the urban design planning framework.
  • Understand the important public benefits of the open space.

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Learn about the redevelopment of San Francisco's Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island, which creates a 21st century neighborhood based on principles of sustainability, community diversity, and social vibrancy.

These two islands were built for the 1939–40 Golden Gate International Exposition. Now they are being transformed into a community for 15,000 residents and a new destination for visitors. The urban form is a response to microclimate and geology, and through the intentional placement of density, over three-quarters of the acreage is new open space.

As a cornerstone of the redevelopment, the 300 acres of open space is one of the most important public benefits, from the mixed-use core and ring of shoreline parks to the beaches, sports fields, urban wilds, and urban farm park.