A special ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 13 will dedicate Rink A at the St. Peters Rec-Plex South as Wilkinson Ice Arena in honor of the memory of Tim Wilkinson, the late assistant city administrator for St. Peters.
Wilkinson was one of the key people who brought ice rinks to the St. Peters Rec-Plex along with more opportunities for area youth to play hockey. He was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012 in the builder category.
The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Rec-Plex South. City of St. Peters officials, members of Wilkinson’s family, representatives of the St. Peters Spirit and other friends and associates will gather to dedicate Wilkinson Ice Arena and unveil a plaque memorializing the efforts Tim made to help ensure the future of hockey for generations of girls and boys in the community.
Wilkinson, 60, passed away on March 21 following his retirement from the city. As the city’s assistant city administrator, he led the team working to build Rec-Plex South and its two NHL-sized ice rinks, which opened in 2007.
Wilkinson’s efforts with Jim Hofer and Tom Connors in the early 1990s led to the inclusion of ice rinks in the original St. Peters Rec-Plex facility, which opened for the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1994. He also was one of the founders, in 1993, of the St. Peters Spirit Hockey Club.