Colee Hammock Park

Colee Hammock Park, Fort Lauderdale: Address, Phone Number, Colee Hammock Park Reviews: 4.5/5

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FrankDL98
Montclair, NJ27 contributions
Great place to relax and watch the boats go by
Apr 2019 • Couples
We had some time to kill before heading to the airport for a late flight and stumbled across this gem of a park. It was so relaxing to sit on the bulkhead and watch boats go by. It's a small park so don't expect much in the way of amenities. The view, though, is definitely 5-star worthy.
Written April 17, 2019
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Dennis S
Fontana, CA165 contributions
Small Park near Las Olas Blvd
Dec 2018 • Couples
Thought the park would be bigger, was disappointed. Spent only 10 minutes there, at least the parking was free.
Written December 25, 2018
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Ed P
Fort Lauderdale49 contributions
A Shaded Park With Benches Overlooking the Intercostal Waterway,Near Beautiful Homes and Restaurants
Feb 2018 • Couples
My friends and I attended private parties and meetings at one of the mini-mansions adjacent to Colee Hammock Park and in the Park itself. Because the area has several churches and schools in this attractive area of Ft. Lauderdale, the Park and surroundings have a quiet and purposeful feel to it. The peace and serenity of the park is very close to the restaurants along Las Olas Boulevard and the gated homes adjacent to the Park and to The Boulevard.
The Water Taxi might stop at Las Olas Boulevard, passing Colee Hammock Park if asked to go there, and the conditions along the INtercoastal Waterway is amenable for it.
Written June 26, 2018
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Arielfl
Coconut Creek, FL1,531 contributions
Ft. Lauderdale history on the south fork of the new river.
May 2018 • Solo
A gorgeous 1.1 acre park on the south fork of the New River. It has lovely trees, benches, tables, and a stunning view of the river and the surrounding mansions that line it. There are a few parking spots lining the outside of the park.

On my visit while walking around I discovered a plaque placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorating this park as the sight of the Colee Hammock Massacre. I knew about the event and always thought the location was across the river from the Broward Performing Arts Center. I was floored to find the marker and have my years of misconception corrected. William Cooley was one of the first pioneers of the New River Settlement now known as Ft. Lauderale. He became wealthy with an arrowroot plantation and he traded with Seminole and Creek nations nearby. In 1835 the white settlers killed a Creek chief named Alibama and were acquitted. The Creek blamed Cooley for this injustice and when he was away for business in Key West the Creek entered the plantation on January 6, 1836 and killed Cooley's wife, infant son, son, daughter,and a tutor. The house was set on fire. This started the Second Seminole War because the settlers couldn't distinguish between the Seminoles and the Creeks. The eventual outcome was the Indian Removal Act were the native people were forced out west on the Trail of Tears. The remaining Seminoles fled to the inner swampland where they can still be found today. Cooley fled Ft. Lauderdale but lived in Florida until his death.

Upon further research I found that the plaque marking the massacre may have been put in the wrong spot as the event actually took place further up the river closer to Sailboat Bend but residents don't want it moved to the correct spot. This is not the only muddling of history at this spot. Residents were confused at the time of the naming of this park in 1934. They originally wanted to honor the Cooley family but there was some confusion about the name. James Louis Colee was also a resident of the New River Settlement but decades after Cooley. He set up a work camp at the site of this park where he worked on the construction of the Intracoastal Waterway project. Through the years the names of Cooley and Colee have been mixed up. In 1982 the park was officially named Colee Hammock park to reflect James Lois Colee's work camp not the Cooley massacre.

Today the park is used as a spot to take in the waterway, fish, and climb the trees. It is also an ideal place to view the Winterfest Boat Parade if you can navigate the lack of parking. I found it an ideal place to reflect on the history of Ft. Lauderdale which has grown from a small trading settlement on the river to a world class city. In the span of roughly 100 years from when it was incorporated into a city in 1911 Ft. Lauderdale has changed yet it was managed to hang onto it's charm in part because of places like this park.
Written May 28, 2018
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,568 contributions
Colee Hammock Park
Apr 2018 • Family
Colee Hammock Park located off the Intercoastal in Ft Lauderdale. Has parking but a lot of the visitors are by boat. Has facilities, lots of birds to watch, walking path.
Written April 18, 2018
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racoonontheloose
Coconut Creek, FL4 contributions
relaxing
Feb 2017 • Couples
beautiful sights and a great (slightly horrific) historical significance! see the water taxi and other boats loop around the bend and watch the water for tarpon and other marine life, great place to bring a pet
Written March 26, 2017
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amybasora2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL5 contributions
Nice place for relaxing
Mar 2017 • Solo
nice place to go sit on a bench and relax and have some quiet time looking at the intercoastal. very pretty but not a family park for kids. no swings ect.
Written March 13, 2017
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cjguk
London, UK854 contributions
Nice
Nov 2016 • Friends
Nice piece of green space, not really a park though, very small and can get busy. Nice view of the river
Written November 13, 2016
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Vittorio R
7 contributions
Pleasure
Sep 2016 • Business
I enjoyed your beautiful navigation channels full of greenery and beautiful views from the deck of the ship. One of the most beautiful attraction that I would recommend to anyone visiting this beautiful city.
Written September 22, 2016
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Westerner55
Ft. Lauderdale63 contributions
Small, attractive
Aug 2016 • Friends
Right on the banks of the New River, and very close to downtown. A nice, quiet place to sit and reflect. Same neighborhood as large Presbyterian and Episcopal Churches, and in the middle of one of Fort Lauderdale's best neighborhoods.
Written September 14, 2016
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