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Board of Trustees approves plan to renovate Samford Park

A rendering of Samford Park with the new oaks. (Contributed by Auburn University)
A rendering of Samford Park with the new oaks. (Contributed by Auburn University)

Thirty descendants of the Toomer's Oaks will be planted in Samford Park in 2016.
The Auburn University Board of Trustees met Friday, Nov. 7, and approved a the second phase of a plan to renovate Samford Park including the planting of 30 trees along the sidewalk from Toomer's Corner to Samford Hall.
Two large, live oaks will also be planted at Toomer's Corner on Feb. 16, 2015.
Dan King, assistant vice president for Facilities Management presented the plan to the Board.
"The school of forestry with great insight 10 to 15 years ago planted a bunch of seedlings that came from the original oaks," King said.
The first phase of the plan was started during the summer of 2014 with the removal of the contaminated soil and adding an updated sidewalk to Toomer's Corner, according to King.
"The thought would be to line that walkway with the descendant oaks to really honor the tradition of the former Auburn oaks and the legacy and history they provide," King said.
The two large oaks at Toomer's Corner will be brought in from Ehrhardt, South Carolina and are approximately 30 feet tall, according to Mike Clardy, director of Auburn University Communications.
Rolling the new trees will be prohibited for the first year to allow the trees to establish roots.
Other items approved at the Board of Trustees meeting:

  • Reorganization of Auburn University at Montgomery's schools, departments and colleges
  • Upgrading of Jordan-Hare Stadium's HVAC system during the 2015 and 2016 off-seasons
  • Renovation of the Textile Building, Carter Hall and Pebble Hill
  • Established the Charles D. McCrary Institute which will focus interdisciplinary research and advanced technologies

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