Binder Park Zoo

Contact: Leslie Walsh

Manager of Marketing & Development



July 20, 2021, Battle Creek, MI:  Binder Park Zoo was selected as one of 100 impact projects out of more than 2,200 submissions that are the cornerstone of 100 Hometowns, an initiative to celebrate Lowe’s centennial. The project awards were announced to the public today, Tuesday, July 20 and include 35 community centers, 19 community spaces, nine shelters, eight housing facilities, seven cultural preservation projects, seven playground installations, six gardens, four food pantries, four skilled trades projects, and one civic upgrade in 36 states across the country. Details of each of the 100 Hometowns project and their progress may be found at Lowe’s 100 Hometowns | Lowe’s Corporate ( at #100hometowns on social media.  

Binder Park Zoo’s submission sought support for an exciting new exhibit called Zoorassic Park. Currently under construction on the site of the former children’s zoo, the exhibit will leverage the timeless obsession we have with these mysterious but fascinating, prehistoric creatures.  A collection of close to twenty life-size dinosaur displays will be strategically placed inside Zoorassic Park.  Fun hands-on activities, STEAM-based education programs and public events combine to create fun learning opportunities that spark imagination and deliver the message of conservation from a “Zoorassic” point of view! Binder Park Zoo enjoys a long association and strong community partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement Store #0069 at 6122 B Drive North in Battle Creek. 

“Being nominated and selected for this amazing opportunity is truly a testament to the support the zoo receives from Lowe’s and the surrounding community,” said Diane Thompson, Binder Park Zoo President & CEO. “Zoorassic Park will transform the former children’s zoo in prehistoric ways!” Thompson continued, “The zoo is grateful for the support from Lowe’s and, specifically, Kelly Flees, Pro Sales Specialist, for her work with nominating the zoo. We are thrilled to be a part of the 100 Hometowns project.”

Lowe’s invited people nationwide to nominate a hometown project and share their hometown stories to demonstrate the possibility all neighborhoods hold. Lowe’s awarded 100 grants as part of a $10 million commitment to give back to the communities Lowe’s serves and help recipients complete projects to build, repair, beautify, inspire and improve communities across America. The 100 projects are expected to be completed this year. 

“We are inspired by the nationwide response to 100 Hometowns, which brought people from all across the country to share with us their remarkable stories and hope for how their community might be made a little better,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe's chairman and CEO. “Lowe’s has been dedicated to improving homes, and hometowns, since its founding in 1921, and we look forward to continuing to do so for the next 100 years.”