Riverside Park was established in October 2004, anchored by three significant developments – the Provincial Government complex, Riverside Mall and Tsogo Sun’s Emnotweni Casino and hotels – all of which are still significant precinct anchors today.
It was registered as a non-profit Property Owners Association (POA) and, in 2008, started providing supplementary services which required the introduction of voluntary levies.
In May 2000, the City of Mbombela promulgated a by-law for the establishment of CIDs and the POA thereafter adopted the CID operational model. The by-law remains the only local legislation relevant for the establishment and management of urban areas.
In November 2004, following a successful application, Riverside Park Phase 1 became a legislated CID. It was operationalised in 2009 and, in March 2010, the council approved an amended business plan which expanded the previously legislated Riverside Park CID boundaries to include Phase 1 and 2. Phase 1 was east of Madiba Drive and Phase 2 west thereof.
The signing of a Service Level Agreement in November 2010 cemented the partnership between the City of Mbombela and Riverside Park CID.
With the continued growth of the Riverside node, a boundary expansion application was submitted to the City of Mbombela to include phase 3, west and north of phase 2. It was approved in November 2020.