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The Richmond Police Mounted Unit Proposed Equestrian Center!

The Urban Design Committee is reviewing a new conceptual design for a new Police Equestrian Center in the East End this Thursday!

What is it: The Equestrian Center will include a barn to house the Richmond Police Department’s mounted patrol unit as well as administrative support space for the officers who are assigned to the mounted unit. There will also be site amenities to support training and care for the horses including a training ring, pasture and parking areas.

BACKGROUND
As early as 1894, mounted officials patrolled the outskirts of the city, thus establishing the Richmond Police Mounted Unit as the oldest mounted unit in the Commonwealth. The Mounted Unit relocated to the present location at 801 Brook Road in 1972. The current building has
significant operational deficiencies and substantial ongoing facility maintenance problems. In 2004 and 2008, tropical storms hit the city causing a 3-4 foot high water, mud and sewage cascading through the stables. Horses were trapped and there was substantial damage and/or loss to the structure, equipment, vehicles and furnishings. The mounted stable has deteriorated to the point where it is no longer an acceptable workspace for employees nor does the building provide a healthy and safe boarding environment for the work animals.

SITE PROPOSAL
The site is located in the Oakwood Cemetery Neighborhood, just north of both Gillies Creek and a Norfolk Southern Railroad. Nestled among a group of trees, the proposed site straddles an area zoned residential and an area zoned light industrial, and is adjacent to an area zoned heavy industrial. It is predominantly surrounded by a forested area in close proximity to residential, single family homes.

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Ryan Herndon
Ryan Herndon
2 years ago

About time!

David O'Fathaigh
David O'Fathaigh
2 years ago

Long overdue

Anne Robinett
Anne Robinett
2 years ago

If I’m reading the map graphic correctly, that circle is not near Oakwood cemetery, that’s a few blocks away from the old trolley barn area.

MP
MP
2 years ago

That’s a great spot for that!

Church Hill People's News
Church Hill People's News
2 years ago
Reply to  Anne Robinett

Good call Anne- the request says “Oakwood Cemetery Neighborhood” so we clarified that.

Ana Lindsey
Ana Lindsey
2 years ago

Yay! Wish they would open it to community boarders. Would help fund the unit and be really convenient to have stall space so close!

Houston
Houston
2 years ago

Is this space the edge of the old East End dump or something adjacent to that?

Victoria Lynn Davis
Victoria Lynn Davis
2 years ago

Can y’all like fix the roads down here instead please? That’s unnecessary for the all of four horses. I’m sick and tired of getting new tires every few months…pretty soon I’m going to start billing the damn city. It’s old. Fix them.

Sharon
Sharon
2 years ago

And how is it going to be paid for and maintained? Any numbers available on that? Mind you I am all for it…and would be a great naming opp for a horse/law loving philanthropist!!

Laura
Laura
2 years ago

That’s right in my backyard and I’m very excited about it!

Phil
Phil
2 years ago

Always post about roadway conditions on SeeClickFix. If the city is aware of the conditions and a specific pothole, you then have a paper trail when it comes to billing the city for damage done to your vehicle. Also – you help the city better understand the issues within the city limits.

Rick Tatnall
Rick Tatnall
2 years ago

Folks, a little background and some detail clarifications about the Richmond Regional Mounted Police Stable Project. Since the early 1990’s Carl Otto and the Gillies Creek Park Foundation have promoted a vision called the Gillies Creek Park System, described as “a natural proposal for one of Richmond’s most unusual and historic land areas”. Carl and the Foundation proposed features of the park system to include police & public horse stables, as well as horseback riding trails, on the land now being considered by the City, referred to as the Gillies Creek Tract. The entrance to this 42 acre City-owned property… Read more »

derk p
derk p
2 years ago

they are the absolute worst. the horses have taken HUGE dumps RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY APT building and no one cleans it up so smells like literal crap for days. it makes me so angry because dog owners get fined but its fine to leave 10 times as much

kristin
kristin
2 years ago

Great news and a wonderful use of this space. I have a pony club teen just up the street who would LOVE to get a job cleaning stalls!

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