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MKE Equine Stables will have room for two dozen horses.

MKE Urban Stables prepares to break ground in Bay View

MKE Urban Stables, reportedly the first facility in the country to augment a police mounted patrol headquarters with equine-assisted therapy and community engagement programs, will break ground with a ceremony on Tuesday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales and other dignitaries will be on hand at 143 E. Lincoln Ave. to kick off construction of the $5.65 million, 27,000-square foot facility on a four-acre site adjacent to the KK River Trail, just across the Kinnickinnic River from Baran Park.

Last year, when the project was approved, we learned that the facility – which will house as many as two dozen horses (half of which are part of MPD's mounted unit) – will also offer "outreach and education programs" that are expected to reach about 5,000 children each year.

A partnership with Zablocki VA Hospital to provide equine-assisted therapy for veterans is also planned for the facility, which is expected to be completed by early 2020.

According to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, which has donated $250,000 toward the project, the horses will receive medical care via a partnership with the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the following day.


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