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Auburn University seeking community input on future landscape development of Toomer’s Corner

Auburn residents could have a say on exactly where this happens again (if it happens again).

The War Eagle Reader is told that the trees that will replace the Toomer’s Oaks if they are officially declared dead will almost certainly not be planted in the oaks’ current location close to the street, which is not conducive to root systems, but slightly further in on AU’s campus.

How far in could be up to you.

Auburn will seek public input on “the landscape and development of the area surrounding the oaks at Toomer’s Corner” during two workshops to be held next Tuesday, according to a release posted today on the Toomer’s Oaks official update page.

The input will inform landscape decisions that will be made as part of the university’s Comprehensive Master Plan.

The Landscape Plan will serve to guide the planning, design, development and maintenance of exterior spaces on the Auburn University campus, including the iconic exterior spaces in Samford Park near Toomer’s Corner.  While the fate of the oaks is not certain, campus planners want to develop multiple concepts for enhancements to this area of campus. In preparation, feedback is being sought from the campus community with four upcoming workshops.

Input on the landscape plan will be sought from these initial workshops. Developmental concept strategies will range from continued rehabilitation and soil replacement methods surrounding the oaks to potential redevelopment of the site in the event that the trees must be removed.

Members of Auburn University’s Office of Campus Planning and Space Management, as well as representatives from Virginia-based landscape architect firm Nelson Byrd Woltz and Atlanta-based  jB+a Landscape Architects will be present at the workshops to discuss “developmental concept strategies” ranging from “continued rehabilitation and soil replacement methods surrounding the oaks to potential redevelopment of the site in the event that the trees must be removed,” according to the release.

The identical workshops will be held Tuesday, October 23 from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m.  in Room 103 of Auburn University’s OIT Building

Input received during the workshops will be used to “reveal multiple options for enhancements to the areas” that will be presented Wed., Nov 7 during a Provost Open Forum, 258 Foy Hall, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m. in OIT Building 103.

If the Toomer’s Oaks die, they will likely be replaced with overcup oaks.

AU officials say they are moving forward with plans to turn the wood from the Toomer’s Oaks into souvenirs but that “the trees will not come down until they’re dead.”

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Related: On the feasibility of a Toomer’s Corner transplant

More on the the Toomer’s Oaks: Wire system being considered as temporary solution for rolling Toomer’s / Toomer’s Corner rollings didn’t start with Punt, Bama, Punt, says History / Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner

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