Riverwood's History Heritage Panel
Belmore Road, cnr Roosevelt Ave, Riverwood This Panel was erected by Canterbury City Council, 2001. Unveiled by Councillor Kayee Griffin, Mayor of Canterbury, on 30 June 2001.
The name of Riverwood came into use in 1958 to replace the earlier name of Herne Bay, which derived from an 1880s subdivisions on the bank of Salt Pan Creek at Peakhurst. Herne Bay Railway Station opened in 1931.
James Levingston was using this site as a private golf course and for cattle grazing when it was requisitioned in 1942 to build hospitals for the US Army. The housing commission converted the buildings for emergency housing after the war. In the 1950s, local businessmen said that the Housing Settlement had made the name Herne Bay "infamous", and Riverwood was selected to replace it. The wartime buildings were demolished and replaced with permanent buildings in the 1960s. Canterbury Council provided sporting fields and parks on Salt Pan Creek, the Riverwood Branch Library (1971), the Senior Citizens Centre (1978) and the Riverwood Community Centre (1983, extended in 1993). The M5 Motorway opened in 1992.