US Park Police breaking ground for new Stables and Education Center on National Mall

One of the nation’s oldest police equestrian units will soon have a new home on D.C.'s National Mall.

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Despite its prominent location between the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial you may have passed by the U.S. Park Police stables without even noticing it.

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But soon, a new facility more suitable for the U.S. Park Police’s Mounted Horse Patrol and their horses will stand in its place.

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The current stable was built in 1976 as a temporary facility for the Bicentennial. Despite its temporary nature, the facility has remained ever since.

The new facility will include:

- A total of 14 stalls, including a medical paddock, built to ensure proper air flow and space for the horses housed onsite;

- Covered shelters that will extend turn-out time during adverse weather conditions;

- Heated wash and tack room; and

- A permanent office building with a locker room and meeting space to be used by the U.S. Park Police assigned to this facility.

In addition, the new facility will feature more access to the public:

- A welcoming education center with a self-guided tour, educational information on the horses, and a history of horse mounted patrol operations on the National Mall;

- Two public viewing paddocks with double fencing for visitors to safely observe horses;

- A new entrance and pedestrian path to enhance accessibility

- A new rest stop area with a public restroom station and water fountains; 

- Improved pedestrian pathways that safely connect the National Mall to the Martin Luther King Memorial and Tidal Basin.

 The groundbreaking is slated for 10 a.m.