Bill Draper, runner, photographer, and park enthusiast has put together a spectacular 87-page compendium of 189 full-color images of the trails, wildlife, and vistas we love. This new hard-cover book is available to order now. ALL of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of the James River park for the purpose of conserving, protecting, expanding, and enhancing this beloved 600-acre park.
We hope that you will consider purchasing this special, limited edition for yourself or a loved one as a memento of something we can all agree on; a reminder of what brings us together; and in support of this treasure that is free and accessible for the physical and mental well- being of us all. We hope that you will support the James River Park System by purchasing this book below. Donations to FOJRP of $100 or more include books and additional membership benefits are listed here. For more information, contact [email protected].
Bill Draper grew up in Stratford Hills near Pony Pasture, and spent his youth hopping rocks, fishing, swimming, and canoeing on the James River. Today, his athletic accomplishments continue to reflect his love for the outdoors and for living a healthy lifestyle. He is a veteran member of the Richmond Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, and is often found cycling on the Virginia Capital Trail or kayaking on the James with friends. He has completed several 500-mile bike rides, two 50-mile ultramarathons, and 31 Richmond Marathons, along with numerous others.
After retiring from a forty-year career in healthcare sales and marketing, Bill began carrying his camera on his outdoor adventures and sharing his photographs of the James River trails, birds, animals, and waterways on social media. His unique photo exploration of the James River Park System has been embraced by the Richmond community, including local media, who often feature his photographs.