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