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2014 River Heroes Celebrated

May 11, 2014 | River Hero

The Friends of the James River Park and our co-sponsors are pleased and proud to announce our 2014 River Heroes!

  • Ralph White —  As the first park manager, Ralph made James River Park a national model for other urban wilderness parks. Ralph was ineligible for the award in prior years because during his 25+ years as park manager he served on the FOJRP Board. Ralph has also received The Garden Club of America’s Francis K. Hutchinson Medal “awarded to figures of national importance for distinguished service in conservation” and in 2006 the national Sierra Club’s award for Distinguished Service.
  • Rich Young — Rich has been a volunteer in the park for over 20 years. As that role, RIch has quietly lent a hand to vastly improve, enhance, and champion James River Park. He has also assisted hundreds of people in safely paddling the river in canoes or kayaks. Rich is most often seen with a camera in hand, and if you are one of his 500 Facebook friends, you are familiar with his pictures of river scenes, activities, people, flora and fauna.

Thanks also to our cosponsors, The Galley Restaurant, Real Richmond Food Tours & More, Once Upon a Vine, Riverside Outfitters, TaZa Coffee ‘n Creme, Golden Squeegee Imprinted Sportswear & Embroidery and Critter Town Bath House for their generous support.

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