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Why is Auburn University holding a celebration at Toomer's Corner following the A-Day game?
The university wants to give fans one final opportunity to roll the beloved oaks, take photographs and celebrate the Auburn Spirit before they are removed.
Why are the oaks being removed?
After two years of taking extraordinary steps to save them following the 2010 poisoning, AU Tree Preservation Committee does not see the possibility for long-term survival. Allowing the oaks to remain in place has become a safety hazard for the pedestrians and vehicles on the corner. The trees removal date has been set for April 23, 2013.
What will happen to the wood from the trees once they are removed?
The university is working with a small number of licensed companies to create keepsakes that the Auburn Family can purchase. Royalties earned from the sale of Auburn Oaks commemorative product will fund AU student scholarships. Be sure to look for the special hangtag (shown right) designating officially licensed Auburn Oaks merchandise to ensure you are purchasing a certified piece of Auburn's Oaks at Toomer's Corner.
What will become of the tradition of "Rolling Toomer's Corner" once the trees are gone?
Keeping tradition alive is important. The university has been partnering with the City of Auburn to create structures suitable for rolling at the Magnolia Avenue-College Street intersection. Fans will be invited to gather there as they always have following big victories or other momentous occasions.
What is the plan for replacing the oaks?
A landscape master plan is being developed to guide the planning, design, development and maintenance of Samford Park, including the area near Toomer's Corner. Through a series of workshops and an online survey, master planners received significant input from the Auburn Family and are currently working with several concepts for future development. All concepts include one or more live trees. The final design will be unveiled at the block party April 20.
What is the difference between "Auburn Oaks" and "Toomer's Oaks?"
We are talking about the same trees; however, the trademarks for "Toomer's" are owned by a local Auburn family—not Auburn University.
Last Updated: Apr. 15, 2013