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Matt Mackinder 


KALKASKA, Michigan – There are many choices and options when it comes to the pool at the Kalkaska Kaliseum and Recreation Complex.

Want to learn to swim? We can help with that.

Can you swim a little and want to get better? We can help there, too.

An advanced swimmer who wants to keep improving? Yep, we can take care of that.

The swimming classes at the Kaliseum are available for individuals of all ages – from the youngest of children at three years old to adults of all ages

“Our knowledgeable staff is very patient and willing to work with anyone of any age and any skill level,” said Kaliseum director Krzysztof Oliwa. “We are growing at a rapid level and classes are filling up fast. That is a great sign for this area and we continue to show that we are the premier location for fitness and sports in all of Northern Michigan.”

Private classes and lessons are available, as well as Cruisers Drop-In.

Cruisers Drop-In is a practice where current team members can come in and do a workout to get back into shape for the season. New swimmers or swimmers interested in possibly joining the team are welcome and encouraged to participate. The coaches for the team will be on-site to work with new swimmers, and will give them an idea of what the team and practice is like. Emphasis is on competitive strokes, starts, and turns.

This is not something team members are required to sign-up for, but is a good idea for any team members who want to continue their training and practice.

Oliwa said the swimming program is a source of pride for the Kaliseum and the Kalkaska community.

“We see so many smiles from the kids and adults alike when they are in the pool,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

For more information, please visit www.kaliseum.org.



KALKASKA, Mich. – Kalkaska Kaliseum and Recreation Complex director Krzysztof Oliwa knows a thing or two about building successful programs.

Since arriving in Kalkaska a handful of years ago, Oliwa has built the Kalkaska Rhinos junior hockey program into one of the most prestigious in all of the United States Premier Hockey League and continues to grow the Jr. Rhinos youth program.

For the 2017-18 season, the Jr. Rhinos will have teams at the U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 levels and are still seeking players for the U14 squad.

The girls K-Stars hockey program is also increasing its registrations and has been very successful.

“We want to bring hockey back to Kalkaska,” said Oliwa. “And that is at all levels – youth, junior, adult and with the K-Stars. This is a great community and facility to develop or fine-tune your hockey skills and we are proud to say we have something for everyone.”

Oliwa noted that creating and maintaining a figure skating program at the Kaliseum is in the works.

And while the cost of ice time can be costly, buying ice at the Kaliseum can have its perks, according to Oliwa.

“If a team commits to us for 12hrs per month, we’ll sell you ice for $100 an hour,” Oliwa said. “There are not any better ice rates anywhere in the country, certainly not here in Michigan. We want to make this affordable for the Kalkaska community.

“We have many programs in place and we want to continue to grow.”

More programs on and off the ice will soon be coming to the Kaliseum, so stay tuned for those announcements.

For more information, please visit www.kaliseum.org.



KALKASKA, Michigan. – The Kalkaska Kaliseum and Recreation Complex is more than just a building located at 1900 Fairground Road.

According to the complex’s director, Krzysztof Oliwa, the Kaliseum is “the best of the best in Northern Michigan.”

The facility is home to the Kalkaska Rhinos junior hockey team in the United States Premier Hockey League, the Rhinos youth hockey program (Kalkaska Area Hockey Association) with teams at the U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 levels, the K-Stars – a girls hockey program, drop-in hockey, a learn to skate program and soon, figure skating.

And that’s just on the ice.

Off the ice, the Kaliseum boasts two pools, swim classes for both children and adults and a gym that will soon see $100,000 in upgrades.

“We have something for everyone here,” said Oliwa, a former NHL player who won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000. “The Kaliseum is really a top-notch destination for those looking to reach their goals. We have high standards here and we make it easy for those individuals looking to train, get in shape or just enjoy hockey or swimming.”

The Kaliseum is located on the site of the fairgrounds, a 6.5-acre complex that includes a variety of amenities that are used year-round and as the site of the Kalkaska County Fair.

The fairgrounds includes six baseball diamonds, soccer fields, the aforementioned arena with bleachers, a horse arena, livestock buildings, a concession stand, and picnic areas. Indoor exhibit, event and meeting space is available in the Civic Center building. A community garden is also located on the fairgrounds site and produce raised in the garden is donated to the Kalkaska Senior Center.

A number of community events, including the Kalkaska Trout Festival, Winterfest, monthly concerts, outdoor movies, and other community-oriented activities such as fundraising events, are held at the fairgrounds.

Both the Kaliseum and fairgrounds are available for rental use.

More programs on and off the ice will soon be coming to the Kaliseum, so stay tuned for those announcements.

For more information, please visit www.kaliseum.org.