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Picnic, Play & Panoramic Views: Explore Yerba Buena Island’s Scenic Parks

Published May 21, 2024

Within the bustling beauty of the San Francisco Bay lies an urban island gem: Yerba Buena Island. Here, you’ll discover a neighborhood where parks unite the community, an incredible amenity for homeowners at Yerba Buena Island. Known for its breathtaking vistas and tranquil ambiance, it features an array of parks that offer respite from the hustle of the city–while being just minutes away–with unparalleled panoramic views of the Bay Area skyline.

“[Panorama Park] is hands-down the best view in the city.” – Mark Hartmann, Resident at The Bristol

 

At the heart of Yerba Buena Island lies the crown jewel: the five-acre Panorama Park. Perched atop the island’s summit, this expansive green space designed by landscape architect Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio invites visitors to take in panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. “It’s the only place in the city where you can get a 360-degree view where every direction you look is beautiful and architecturally interesting,” Resident Mark Hartmann said in a recent Q&A about where to find his favorite views in the city. Here, amidst the rolling hills and gentle Bay breezes, one can find solace in the serenity of nature while soaking in the picturesque scenery. “When you go to Panorama Park, it really has this power to it. It almost feels like I’m in the Mediterranean,” Hood said in a recent interview.

 

 

Panorama Park is home to the awe-inspiring “Point of Infinity” statue, a soaring 69-foot steel masterpiece by Hiroshi Sugimoto. This striking sculpture, positioned at the park’s pinnacle, serves as an “anchor” for the area’s new public art program. As visitors walk along the park’s pathways, they are treated to impressive perspectives of the surrounding landscape. “The views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Oakland Port, the ships & sailboats, city skyline, and the water are absolutely wonderful,” said Sumeetha Jacob, one of the first owners at The Bristol.

 

 

Adjacent to Panorama Park lies Signal Park, a verdant expanse that encourages guests to explore its historically preserved water towers. “We’ve left Signal Park as natural as possible–we want it to be a space that reflects back to the history of it being a goat hill,” said Hood, detailing the thoughts behind the design of the park. From its lofty vantage point, Signal Park offers commanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and beyond, making it an ideal destination for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

 

 

For those seeking to share the outdoor experience with their furry companions, The Rocks Dog Park provides the perfect setting for dogs to socialize and play. Sited amidst the island’s natural terrain, this off-leash oasis offers ample space for dogs to frolic while their humans enjoy the beauty of the surrounding scenery.

 

As a Resident at Yerba Buena Island, you can enjoy access to the parks and more right outside your front door. Explore the Condominiums at The Bristol and a limited number of Townhomes available and ready for immediate move-in. Schedule a tour today.

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