Advocating for our San Francisco, California, community since 1994, the India Basin Neighborhood Association is a membership organization of local residents, property owners, business owners and workers, and friends. The IBNA Mission is to advocate for the needs of people living, working, and playing in India Basin while preserving its natural beauty, history and diversity.

The history of India Basin is a curious combination of industry and open space, business and pleasure. The name India Basin first appeared on a map in 1868, but theories as to its origin remain murky. The most unexceptional guess is that India Basin is named for the ships from the India Rice Mill Company, which docked there in the 19th century. But we suspect that it was so named because the water from nearby springs would stay fresh until a ship reached India.

Community Resources

Reporting Problems

Park Patrol Dispatch (if something is going on in a park)
415 242-6390

Damage on Public Property

San Francisco Police Department
Captain Troy Dangerfield, Bayview Station

India Basin Elected Representation


IBNA members hold official seats on:

and belongs to:

IBNA members advise citywide on:

IBNA History

In response to plans to build a second power plant in our neighborhood, the Innes Avenue Coalition was formed in November, 1994. Two-years later in 1996, the Friends of India Basin came together to advocate for the acquisition and stewardship of what is now India Basin Shoreline Park. By 1998, the two groups merged to form the India Basin Neighborhood Association. Since then IBNA has worked to keep what is great about India Basin, the natural beauty and open space, while embracing the growth and development that is inevitable in a jewel like San Francisco.

Oh, and that second power plant? Not only was it never built, and by 2006 the PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant was removed as well. That’s the power of community.

What Do the Flags Mean?

The India Basin Neighborhood Association honors our community’s rich maritime history and waterfront location by using Signal Flags for I-B-N-A as its logo.

Hundreds of years ago, before the invention of radio or other electronic communication, sailors created a system of Signal Flags to talk to people on other ships. Signal Flags use a combination of five bold colors arranged in simple shapes and patterns to send visual messages across distances. Today, Signal Flags remain an important part of the International Code of Signals and are learned and used by sailors around the world on boats and ships of all sizes. The most well-known Signal Flags are the twenty-six alphabet flags.