In 2017 the Rotary Club of Milwaukee joined other community leaders to develop the Lincoln Avenue Stables now known as MKE Urban Stables to highlight its location in the heart of our city.
MKE Urban Stables offers a unique opportunity to achieve three goals at once – a much needed home for the Milwaukee Police Department Mounted Patrol, a center for trauma-informed equine assisted therapy in the City of Milwaukee, and a platform for police/community relations using horses as a citywide draw.
The Stables facility will house up to 12 Milwaukee Police Department Mounted Patrol horses and up to 12 equine assisted therapy horses.
Construction of the Stables facility began in April 2019, with the Stables anticipated to open in early 2020, when the Mounted Patrol will take up residence in the
The equine assisted therapy program is planned to phase into full strength over a three-year period beginning in 2020, with an initial focus on trauma informed therapy for veterans and other community members.
The Milwaukee Police Department plans to use MKE Urban Stables as a focal point for community relations and outreach efforts. Anticipated programming includes: (1) service learning programs built around the care of horses, for high school students with an initial focus on students in the JROTC program at Hamilton High School, (2) experiential learning programs built around horses, horsemanship, and the civic role of law enforcement, for elementary and intermediate school students, and (3) learning and dialogue programs for youth and police to promote community healing.
Location: Located on the southeast corner of First Street & Lincoln Avenue on four acres donated by the city. The Stable will enhance the community connection in the Harbor District neighborhood.
Project Cost: The current estimate of total construction costs for the Stables project is $5.65 million, with $5.5 million (97% of the total) secured to date, including our Club’s $250,000 pledge. Fundraising efforts are ongoing for the balance of construction costs.
Governance: MKE Urban Stables, Inc., a non-profit corporation, will oversee the equine assisted therapy program and, in cooperation with the Milwaukee Police Department,
will run police/community relations programs from the Stables. The Board of Directors of MKE Urban Stables, Inc. includes four of our Club members, along with other Milwaukee business and community leaders.
Volunteer Opportunities: Rotarians will be able to find meaningful ways to contribute their time and their talents including nonprofit board membership, assisting with equine-assisted therapy programs, and co-facilitating youth programming with the MPD.