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With this annual event, the Friends of the James River Park hope to bring attention to those who have worked to make the James River a better place for both people and wildlife.

History of the Award

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 recipients’ wide-ranging efforts included volunteer work, educational efforts, preservation, and promotional activities that encourage responsible use of the Park.

Nomination Categories

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.

Past Winners

The Friends have been recognizing river heroes since 2011. Take a look at some past honorees. There were no awards given in 2013.

2017 River Heroes Celebrated

The Friends gathered on October 5, 2017 for the 6th Annual Ralph White River Heroes Celebration.

2016 River Heroes Celebrated

The Friends gathered on May 10, 2016 for the 5th Annual Ralph White River Heroes Celebration.

2015 River Heroes Celebrated

The Friends of the James River Park and community leaders are pleased to announce our 2015 River Heroes!

2014 River Heroes Celebrated

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

2012 River Heroes Celebrated

The Friends of the James River Park and the Boathouse are please to announce the 2012 River Heroes!

2011 River Heroes Celebrated

The Friends of the James River Park and The Boathouse are pleased to announce the 2011 River Heroes!

Do you know a river hero?

The nomination period is now closed, but if you have someone in mind, look for the nomination materials to be posted in late summer, 2018.

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