Go behind the scenes at MKE Urban Stables, set to open this fall

Go behind the scenes at MKE Urban Stables, set to open this fall

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MKE Urban Stables. Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo.

This week on Urban Spelunking we’re live on-site at MKE Urban Stables, and we’re taking you along on a sneak preview ahead of its official opening this fall.

The new construction indoor/outdoor stables were completed this year and sit on the edge of Bay View, just west of 1st Street on Lincoln Avenue. The 27,000 square foot complex offers a permanent home to the Milwaukee Police Department mounted patrol, which includes 12 working horses, and much more space for the horses to roam and receive care compared to their previous location in Walker’s Point.

Additionally on site, 12 more stalls are reserved for equine therapy programs serving youth, veterans and eventually, the general public. Adjacent to the stalls is an indoor arena for training and shows, with bleachers to accommodate a small audience. A community room will also be available for rentals and events.

Bobby and I with our new co-host Prissy the donkey. Prissy will work alongside the horses in therapy programs. Photo credit: Kat Froehlich

Bobby and I were invited to visit the expansive and surprisingly serene stables this week for the podcast recording, plus we also spoke to Board Chair Kent Lovern (who also serves as Milwaukee’s deputy attorney general) about the path to opening to the public this fall, the search for an executive director and the vision for building community and police relations while also offering therapy programs to the public.

MPD’s mounted patrol houses roam in their outdoor pen. Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo.
An indoor arena will offer year-round programming. Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo.

Listen below and be sure to visit OnMilwaukee for more info.

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