Location: Phoenix Park, Thurnscoe.
Commission: Project overseen by Groundworks; project manager Laura McBride.
Comment: The waymarkers were designed to reflect activities in the new park, not its past history. The skateboarder was included because there were plans to include a Skateboard park on the site; now sited on the other side of Phoenix Lane. The Phoenix represents the name of the park, and the Rose is a reference to Yorkshire. The snake head was the product of another local competition for which local people were asked what a piece of sandstone most looked like. Markwort then carved the stone to turn it into the winning entry.
The creation of Phoenix Park: Hickleton Main Colliery, which was on this site between 1892 and 1988, was one of the largest collieries in the UK. In the 1930's it employed over 4,000 men and was producing over a million tonnes of coal each year. In January 1998 English Partnerships were involved in plans for reclaiming the land once occupied by Hickleton Colliery. From Summer 1999 Groundworks Dearne Valley acted to oversee the redevelopment of the land in consultation with a number of different groups and sectors of the local community. In 2001 a naming competition was held and the area was subsequently named Phoenix Park. Local community groups consulted with Groundworks Dearne Valley in the development of the Park which includes of number of artworks and projects by the following artists: Hilary CARTMEL , Jason THOMSON and Coralie TURPIN , Richard FARRINGTON , Ailsa MAGNUS and Hamish MARR , Wayne MARKWORT , Lewis MORGAN.