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Toomer's Corner oaks to be removed, fans to roll one last time

Source: Auburn University Source: Auburn University
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Auburn University plans to remove the sacred oaks at Toomer's Corner after unsuccessful efforts to save the trees.  

Fans will have a chance to give a trees a final "roll", before they are removed, after the A-Day football game on Saturday, April 20.  Auburn University and the City of Auburn are hosting the "Celebrate the Tradition" block party at Toomer's Corner. The event will feature live music.  

"The oaks at Toomer's Corner have been a part of Auburn tradition for generations," said Debbie Shaw, Auburn University vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association. "Their removal will in no way diminish the Auburn Spirit, which has grown even stronger during these past two years."

More than 10,000 fans have provided ideas on what should be done to replace the trees through an online survey conducted by Auburn University's campus planning department and architects. 

"The architects are combining their expertise and experience with the terrific input from the Auburn Family to come up with a future plan that we will all be proud of," said Dan King, assistant vice president for Auburn University Facilities Management.

The city and the university plan on creating structures at the College Street-Magnolia Avenue intersection that fans will be able to roll after victories or momentous occasions. Details of future landscaping plans will be revealed on A-Day.

 "We want people to be upbeat about the future of this area," Shaw said. "Rolling the corner is a uniquely Auburn tradition, and whether we roll trees or other structures, the camaraderie and sense of togetherness is part of what makes Auburn a special place."

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