Replacing the gym floor has been on the wish list for the Laurel-London Optimist Club for some time. The cork-based floor was installed in 2001 and is deteriorating under heavy play at the gym on West Ky. 80.

City of London Tourism decided to step in and help with a $58,000 check presented Wednesday that will pay for a new sports floor made of durable plastic over a foam foundation. The tourism commission has been investing funds in the Optimist Club and Little League programs after an outside study said it should focus on improving existing sports facilities.

The Optimist Club provides a variety of sports and other programs for about 4,000 youths a year.

Pictured, from left, are Lawrence Foister and Plinio Tuta of the Optimist Club, London Mayor Troy Rudder and tourism chairman Bill Dezarn.

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