U.S. Park Police Horse Stables
A Storied Unit
The U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Unit is one of the oldest police equestrian units in the United States. Established in 1934, it consisted of one horse rented from a local stable. As the value of the mounted unit was proven, it expanded to an operational strength that parol and provides protection in the Washington metro area.
The existing stable was originally constructed in 1976 as a temporary facility for the bicentennial, however it remains in full use today. The current stables are outdated and no longer meet the needs of the Park Police.
Moisture problems and associated rot, mildew and poor ventilation are currently posing safety concerns for both the officers and their horses. The highly visible location of the site requires an aesthetic character that is reflective of the history and dignity of the National Mall.
Construction of a new stable is urgently needed to improve the facility for the unit — including improved turn-out, proper drainage, secure police staff offices and an interactive educational area for visitors.
Once completed, the new U.S. Park Police Stables will become a new principal destination on the National Mall and an integral part of the visitor experience, featuring:
- green building elements and environmentally-friendly materials,
- a new entrance to enhance accessibility for tours and school groups,
- and educational programming for all ages connecting visitors to the rich history of the mounted police on the National Mall.