AUBURN – An arcing path design for Toomer’s Corner was revealed at the A-Day celebration Saturday. The design was selected after a series of public workshops and an online survey with more than 10,000 participants.
The design includes aspects from the two previous designs including a tree-lined path leading to Samford Hall from the corner and a round, paved area adjacent to the corner where people can gather slightly away from the street.
“With this last set, people liked aspects of both,” said Dan King, assistant vice president of facilities at Auburn. “A lot liked the tree-lined curving walkway … a lot of people like that and the thought that you could sit on either side of that without being in the path was appealing to folks.
“Then on the Circle Wall scheme, people liked the ability to have a place right near Toomer’s that might be shaded to hang out, eat lunch, read a book and just maybe spend 15 or 20 minutes without being in the plaza section right by the corner. Not that you’d be far away, but it’s a little separate from that.”
According to officials, the new design will place trees farther from the intersection, retain the 1917 gates, add more seating and add trees along a curved walkway to Samford Hall.
“I like the final design,” said Ben Holmes, senior in marketing. “They included all the best parts of the last designs and honestly, as sad as it is to see these trees go, the whole area is going to look much better for the next generation.”
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.
More information is available on the Auburn Oaks website at www.auburn.edu/oaks.
Kristen Oliver is a reporter for the Opelika-Auburn News.