From the 13th century onwards the Certosa Island was home to a monastery of Augustinian and Carthusian monks, who carried out both agricultural and cultural activities. Following the suppression of religious orders by Napoleon, the island was converted for military uses leading to the construction, during the early 1900s, of the “Pirotecnica della Certosa”, a munitions factory with adjacent firing ground, which fell into disuse in the 1960s. In 1996, the City of Venice (Comune di Venezia), in collaboration with the Venice Water Authority (Magistrato alle Acque) launched the first stage of a regeneration project with the contribution of European Community funds.
Since 2005 VdV Srl has been responsible for managing the part of the island housing the Polo Nautico Vento di Venezia, a marina offering a wide range of services and activities ranging from recreational boating and sports to environmental education and sustainable tourism, as well as sports and cultural events.
In 2007 the City of Venice created the first area of public urban parkland (3 square hectares), managed by the Istituzione Parco della Laguna. In 2009 VdV Srl won the tender for the identification of a partner for the launch and management of the “Certosa Island Urban Park".