The tall stump near the park’s fairground is being turned into a public work of art, with several figures and features being chiselled.
Among the scenes finished so far are a two-bodied cat, a sword, a bear and a kettle.
The carvings (below), designed in conjunction with young people working with Clifton Park Museum, give fresh purpose to an ash tree which was one of 15 in the park lost to ash dieback.
However, rangers had a more sombre job to do as they oversaw the felling and removal of the large willow outside the museum (above).
A spokesperson for Rotherham Parks said: “This morning, rangers arrived to discover that the large old willow tree which sits in our car park had sadly lost a main limb.
“Many things can contribute to this and we aren't sure why it has happened right now - it's possible the tree has just come to the end of its life.
“After consultation with professionals it is evident that sadly we will not be able to save the tree and it will be removed for safety.
“It's always really sad when we have to remove trees from the park. We will be looking to replace the tree when the time is right for planting.”