PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s newly-restored mounted police unit is getting a new home.
There’s no money in the city budget to build stables for the revived Philadelphia police mounted patrol unit, but a non-profit, several unions and local donors are pitching-in to make it happen anyway.READ MORE: Several Philadelphia-Area Vaccination Clinics Temporarily Close After FDA, CDC Recommend Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine
The nonprofit Philadelphia Police Foundation is spearheading a $1.2 million fundraising effort to build new stables on Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park. The mounted patrols were disbanded in 2004 because of budget cuts but reinstated a year ago.
“We’re actually renting a space just right outside the city for the few horses that we do have. And so this will give us an opportunity to build the equestrian force,” said Maureen Rush, Foundation board vice president.READ MORE: White House Says Pause On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine 'Will Not Have A Significant Impact On Our Vaccination Plan'
Groundbreaking is in a few weeks with completion expected next spring. After it’s finished, the Foundation will donate the new barn to the city.
Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW NewsradioMORE NEWS: When Can I Get The COVID-19 Vaccine In Pennsylvania, New Jersey Or Delaware?