Western Reserve Land Conservancy

On Earth Day: Cleveland Browns, White Claw, City of Eastlake & Local Nonprofits Set World Record for People Watering Plants & Trees Simultaneously

Volunteers with the Cleveland Browns, White Claw, the City of and Port Authority of Eastlake, Ohio, Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP), Holden Arboretum and Western Reserve Land Conservancy have helped set a new Guinness World Record for Most People Watering Plants Simultaneously as part of an Earth Day celebration hosted by NBC’s The Today Show.

The world record setting event coincided with a tree planting sponsored by the Browns, White Claw, Eastlake, CRWP, Holden Arboretum and the Land Conservancy. The groups planted 80 trees and shrubs on Earth Day at Chagrin River Landing, an 11-acre property located along the bank of the Chagrin River in Eastlake, Ohio. At precisely 8:35am 74 volunteers joined 725 other volunteers from Texas, Michigan, Virginia and California and with watering cans in hand proceeded to water hundreds of trees, plants and shrubs for 20 seconds.

Background on Chagrin River Landing

In October 2020, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in cooperation with the City of Eastlake and CRWP, finalized the acquisition of 11 acres and transferred ownership of the land to the City. This project generated significant support from various public and private funding sources due to the importance of protecting this vital piece of Chagrin River shoreline. The project was partially funded through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, the Arbor Day Foundation, First Energy Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History Trout Club.

The property, formerly operated as a private commercial marina, serves as a public destination point and connector piece for the Chagrin River corridor and Lake Erie trail plan in Western Lake County. It will help provide the missing linkage between Chagrin River Park – Lake Metroparks’ most visited park – and the City of Eastlake’s Erie Road Park and Woodland Parks. The property will be open for public recreation and enjoyment, providing world-class steelhead fishing along the Chagrin River shoreline. So far the groups involved have demolished a dilapidated home, removed abandoned watercraft, planted dozens of trees and shrubs and removed invasive species. Future improvement plans for the property include a parking area, walking trails, expanded fishing access and planting native trees and wildflowers.

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