Funding for a long-awaited gymnasium in San Pedro's Peck Park has been approved by the City Council.

Groundbreaking is expected before the year is over.

Plans for the $2.5-million facility have been held up for nearly 24 years, said Barry Glickman, a spokesman for Councilman Rudy Svorinich. Glickman said plans for the gymnasium were approved in the '70s but no funds were available. The council approved $1.4 million in funds to be allocated from Proposition A, a bond initiative approved by voters in 1992, and $1 million from the city's 1995-96 municipal facilities budget.

"We need this kind of facility in San Pedro," said Glickman. "It helps keep kids off the streets because it gives them some place to go."

The gymnasium will include basketball and volleyball courts and locker rooms

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