Auburn University says the school's iconic oaks will be removed April 23.
"After two years of extraordinary efforts to save the poisoned Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner, Auburn University plans to remove them on April 23, weather permitting," says Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing at Auburn.
The final opportunity for fans to roll the beloved Auburn Oaks will follow the A-Day football game April 20 when the university and City of Auburn host a "Celebrate the Tradition" block party.
"The university's Tree Preservation Committee does not believe the trees will survive despite the extensive work the university and others have done to keep them alive," says Ron Booth, director of project management in Auburn University Facilities Management. "The decaying wood is a safety issue, and the only option we have at this point is to remove them."
Auburn University is working with two firms – Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and jB+a – to develop a landscape master plan for potential redevelopment of Samford Park at Toomer's Corner. The firms have received significant input from Auburn students, alumni, employees, and others. The final design will be unveiled at the block party on April 20.
The "Celebrate the Tradition" event will begin at 5 p.m. in the College Street and Magnolia Avenue intersection. The event will feature well-known Auburn speakers, a spirit rally, music from the band Kidd Blue, and one final rolling of the iconic oaks. The event is open to everyone.
For more news about Auburn University, visit http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/.
Auburn makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 140 degree programs to more than 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
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