In 2011, The Friends of the James River Park launched the River Heroes Award to acknowledge and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to James River Park. The award is now called the Ralph White River Hero Award in honor of former Park Manager Ralph White — one of the 2014 River Hero Award recipients.
Past recipient’s wide-ranging efforts included volunteer work, educational efforts, preservation, and promotional activities that encourage responsible use of the Park. Their contributions have been showcased at the Friends of James River Park annual picnic at the Historic Pump House.
This year’s honorees will be celebrated at an awards presentation at the Troutman Sanders Board Room, 100 Haxall Point on May 10.
Nominations will be accepted until April 9, 2016.
Individuals, companies, or organizations may be nominated. To qualify, projects must be coordinated with Park staff and contribute to one or more of the following areas:
Preservation: Enhance, protect and/or preserve James River Park for future generations through leadership, hands-on volunteer work or changes to public policy.
Education: Create educational opportunities by leading educational or recreational groups through the Park and encouraging responsible Park stewardship.
Promotion: Promote the park to the public and/or Park visitors through art/film/photography, projects, lectures, and other activities.
More details on how to nominate a worthy River Hero can be found at The Friends of the James River.