One of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn (Auburn University)
AUBURN, AL -- Officials at Auburn University said Wednesday that the iconic oaks at Toomer's Corner will be removed on April 23. The legendary trees were poisoned in early 2011.
"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," said Ron Booth, director of project management in Auburn University Facilities Management in a statement. "The decaying wood is a safety issue, and the only option we have at this point is to remove them."
Auburn University said they are working with two renowned 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.
A final design will be revealed during a "Celebrate the Tradition" block party following the A-Day spring football game 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.