Nominate a River Hero

About the River Hero Award

The annual Ralph White River Hero Award, sponsored by the The Friends of the James River Park, acknowledges and honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to James River Park.

Celebrating the River Heroes

This year’s honorees were celebrated at an awards presentation at the Troutman Sanders Board Room on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Read about the 2017 River Heroes »

Nomination Categories

Nominations are now closed.

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.

What’s the Process?

Fill out the application form to nominate a person or organization. A recommendation letter supporting the candidate is also required this year.

Submit application and recommendation letter to with River Heroes in the subject line, or mail paper copies to:

Friends of the James River Park, Attn: River Heroes
P.O. Box 4453
Richmond VA 23220

Nominations may be submitted until midnight on September 15, 2017. Sorry, no late nominations will be accepted.

Fine Print

Friends of the James River Park Board members are not eligible for nomination. Questions may be addressed to:

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. Their contributions have been showcased at the Friends of James River Park annual picnic at the Historic Pump House.

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Who is a River Hero?

Anyone who has worked to make the James River a better place for both people and wildlife.

Read the 2017 River Heroes Award Press Release (PDF)