Auburn unveils new design for Samford Park area at Toomer’s Corner
April 22, 2013
University officials Saturday unveiled a new design for the Samford Park area at Toomer’s
Corner during a Celebrate the Tradition event marking the final rolling of the
poisoned Auburn Oaks, which will be removed tomorrow.
An arcing path design, set to be implemented in 2014 with the planting of two
oak trees, was selected after a series of public workshops and an online survey
in which more than 10,000 alumni, students, fans and friends provided opinions
“We are unveiling the results of your ideas today,” said Bill Stone, Auburn
Alumni Association president, who helped unveil an artist’s rendering. “I can
tell one thing for certain: Live trees will be planted on the corner and the
great tradition of rolling the corner will continue.”
Auburn University's Office of Campus Planning and Space Management and the
architectural firm of Nelson Byrd Woltz/jB+a Landscape Architects led the
efforts in gathering ideas and choosing the design.
Officials said the new design will place trees farther back from the
intersection; maintain the existing and historic character of the corner;
retain the 1917 gates in their current positions; add more seating and shaded
areas; and include the planting of additional trees along a curved walkway through
More information is available on the Auburn Oaks website at www.auburn.edu/oaks.