Potter Park Zoo Board welcomes new member, discusses military discount

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By Kyle Koehler
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Potter Park Zoo Board met Wednesday, Feb. 12 to welcome Kyle Binkley to the board and discuss a military discount.

Binkley is a Lansing native who graduated from Lansing Everett High School. “I’ve always enjoyed (the zoo),” Binkley said.

Binkley works for the state of Michigan and found the position when he was looking for volunteer opportunities in his community.

“This and the city position came up,” Binkley said. “I applied to both.”

The board also discussed the possibility of offering military discounts.

“From time to time, we get asked if we do military discounts,” said Sherrie Graham, the zoo director at Potter Park Zoo. “We don’t.”

Graham said she recently received a message from the National Guard, asking if the zoo would consider having April as Military Discount Month.

“I’d like to see a discount all year round,” Graham said.

Board Member George Berghorn asked how the zoo would prevent fraudulent entry to the park with the discount.

“(I would) just assume people are honest,” said John Groen, chairman of the board.

The board discussed having veterans show a form of ID.

Berghorn said that some older veterans may not have their ID, using the example of his grandfather, who fought in World War II.

The board decided to consider the matter further with different options like free entry for military personnel on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

Graham said she would contact other zoo directors to see how they handled this issue and would help with a resolution.

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