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St. Peters to name Rec-Plex ice rink in honor of Tim Wilkinson

By: Brian Flinchpaugh


Tim Wilkinson

St. Peters officials have approved designating the Rec-Plex’s Rink A in memory of late Assistant City Administrator Tim Wilkinson.

Wilkinson, 60, passed away on March 21 following his retirement from the city.

He was one of the founding members of the St. Peters Hockey Club and brought ice hockey to the area. In 2012, he was inducted into St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame. He also played an influential role in convincing city officials to add ice hockey rinks to the Rec-Plex.

In early April, the St. Peters Board of Aldermen and city staff had discussed finding a way to honor Wilkinson. Rick Oloteo, the city’s recreation and cultural services manager, told the board at its April 26 work session that the staff’s suggestion was a vinyl decal bearing Wilkinson’s name embedded at center ice of rink A at Rec-Plex South. Rink A draws most of the major crowds.

A vinyl decal is to be embedded at center ice of the Rec-Plex’s Rink A in memory of former St. Peters Assistant City Administrator Tim Wilkinson.

In addition, staff suggested a plaque be installed in the main lobby of Rec-Plex South with a biography of Wilkinson, which would inform future residents as to why the city was honoring Wilkinson. The plaque and decal are to be unveiled at a ceremony in September.

The board approved a motion by Aldermen Michael Shea [Ward 3] and Dave Thomas [Ward 1] to move forward with the project. According to City Administrator Russ Batzel no further action was needed by the board.

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