Downtown Kalkaska’s Railroad Square wraps up first summer season

Katherine Brand

KALKASKA — Over this past summer, Railroad Square, the multi-million-dollar community space in downtown Kalkaska, was completed and made fully available to the public for the first time. The space is a highlight of downtown Kalkaska and includes a pavilion with restrooms and a kitchen, a new clock tower, a food truck court and fire pit, and additional street parking.

The idea behind developing Railroad Square originated several years ago, and while there were some changes to the original plans along the way “the finished project has now turned out better than the beginning project was actually supposed to be,” said Village President Harley Wales.

Over the summer, Railroad Square was used for many community events as well as private events like parties or family functions. The space served as the new location for the Kalkaska Farmer’s Market and the Kalkaska County Library held several summer reading events there throughout the season.

Railroad Square was also utilized by Kalkaska and Forest Area schools, who took advantage of the space to hold their high schools’ proms safely in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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