The sculpture is cleaned
by art students
for the picnic
Colee Hammock Park which is part of
Fort Lauderdale's Bicentennial celebration in 2011
as the park is a historical site.
On Saturday
January 15th 2011
there was Lil' Blader's
10th anniversary of being at the Colee Hammock Park
which was celebrated
with a picnic and
an art competition.

Also, its donor,
Howard Bates
would have had
his 100th birthday in 2011.
Read about this story here in the community newsletter published by
the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2001.
Standing four feet tall on a platform, Lil' Blader - a life-size bronze statue of a young girl - seems to be posing for the camera as she twirls around on her roller blades. She’s innocent, sassy and has skated her way into the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Colee Hammock Park.
Howard Stillman Bates, who purchased the statue from its creator Nilda Maria Comas, said his sole purpose for the statue was to “give it to an organization worthy of its beauty.”
“Nilda creates wonderful works of art and this one shows the fun-loving life of a beautiful child,” he said. “I wanted to donate it to the City, specifically to Colee Hammock Park, because of the children I ’ve observed having a great time playing there.”
story 1 - go on
artistic inspiration
Lil' Blader Sculpture and
Howard Stillman Bates Portrait
by Nilda M. Comas
The Howard Stillman Bates Foundation, named after its founder,
donated the 200-pound statue to
the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2001

Lil' Blader - Story - about the Sculpture