Ralph White River Hero Award

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.

Celebrate a River Hero

The award ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, on the 15th floor of the Troutman Sanders Building, overlooking the James River (1001 Haxall Point, Richmond 23219). Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

If you wish to attend, please fill out this form (PDF) and send your check for $35 per ticket by May 6 to Friends of the James River Park, P.O. Box 4453, 23220. (Please note we'll keep a list rather than sending out paper tickets.)

Nomination Categories

The nomination period is now closed for 2016.

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.


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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 2016 River Heroes Award Press Release (PDF)