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New digs for the MPD mounted patrol horses will be built in Bay View. (PHOTO: City of Milwaukee)

City approves new Bay View stables for Milwaukee Police horses

The Milwaukee Common Council on Monday approved the Milwaukee Urban Stables on a vacant four-acre city-owned lot at 143 E. Lincoln Ave., in Bay View.

The stables – located adjacent to the KK River Trail, just across the Kinnickinnic River from Baran Park – would house the Milwaukee Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit along with an equine-assisted therapy center.

The 30,000-square foot facility will include 24 stalls for horses, indoor and outdoor riding areas and community rooms.

The city will sell the land MCEC Development, LLC, and will lease back space for the MPD's mounted patrol horses.

The facility will also offer "outreach and education programs" that are expected to reach about 5,000 children annually, according to a news release issued on behalf of Ald. Tony Zielinski, in whose district the facility will be located.

A partnership with Zablocki VA Hospital to provide equine-assisted therapy for veterans is also being discussed for the facility, which is expected to be completed by next autumn.

"Far too many young people in Milwaukee do not have sufficient opportunities to heal from exposure to chronic trauma," said Zielinski.

"The resources this facility will provide through equine-assisted therapy will be invaluable. Additionally through outreach and educational programs, community members can learn more about MPD and equine practices in a very positive, year-round setting. This will no doubt foster improved community-police relations."

The city currently rents stable space for police horses in Caledonia and in Walker's Point.

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