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TitleOfWork: Phoenix Park
DescriptionOfPhoto: view over Park looking towards Timeline mound from Compass Point
DateOfCreation: 2001
Location: Phoenix Park. (SE 446405)
AtoZReference: p.29 1G
Street: Phoenix Lane
TownOrVillage: Thurnscoe
AreaInTown: Thurnscoe East
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b076a
Commission: English Partnerships, Groundworks Dearne Valley, Barnsley MBC and local residents.

This was created on part of the former site of Hickleton Colliery and was created after a period of public consultation with English Partnerships in January 1998. Local residents wished to be involved in the development of the area and it was agreed that the environmental group Groundwork should help them to achieve this. In 1999 Groundwork Dearne Valley began this process and subsequently the owners of the site, Yorkshire Forward; together with Groundwork, local residents and Barnsley MBC; met to prepare plans for this new community park.
The name for the park was chosen in 2001 after a local competition to raise suggestions and a large number of local people; primary schools, residents, young people and youth workers were involved in the design of various features in the Park. Seven artists were selected and managed, through "Public Arts" consultancy in Wakefield, to work with the Phoenix Park Group in the park. The following art features were created: a maze and a compass point set on a hilltop; a dinosaur set in a hillside; a spiral viewing mound with a time line; metal entrance features; various carved stone markers; and a set of metal, stone and wood animals.

Funding and support for the Park came from English Partnerships, Waste Recycling Environmental, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, European Union, Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Development Agency.

Project overseen by Groundworks Dearne Valley; project manager Laura McBride.
Owners of the site: Yorkshire Forward.

The Grand Opening ceremony for Phoenix Park was held on December 1, 2001, attended by over 800 local people.

Comment: I spoke to a number of park users while I was there, and all expressed a general satisfaction with the project. Reservations and criticisms were specific, but not overall condemnatory. I saw dog and family walkers; joggers; cyclists of all ages; children using the climbing rock; and two or three people on off-road motor-cycles.

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