MYRTLE CREEK— After 17 years of providing a place of activity and community for south county residents, Oregon South Fitness Club at 135 NW 2nd Ave., Myrtle Creek is planning to close.

“It is with a sad heart that we must announce the closing of the gym on 09/27/17,” reads a post on the fitness center’s Facebook page. “The building we lease has sold, and new owners want the space for their own use.”

The post goes on to thank its members for supporting the business.

“We love you and wish you all good health,” it reads.

Dan Jocoy of Myrtle Creek, a longtime gym member who teaches Tai Chi at the gym and Millsite Park, said the owners of Oregon South Fitness Club, Tara and Christian Yates, are really good role models of healthy living.

He’s organizing a thank you party for the couple and their kids from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23, with a speech of appreciation and reflection at 11 a.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and those with photos taken at the gym are encouraged to bring them. Volunteers can call 541-733-7890 if they’d like to help with the party.

“This couple has been such a blessing for the community, they’ve changed so many lives and have given people a lot of hope,” Jocoy said, adding the Yates promote good health, are great trainers and cater to people of all age groups and ability levels.

“They help people rehabilitate from surgery or through some of the difficulties of life,” Jocoy said. “They’ve had a great business and they’re a great couple to mentor, train and teach, but now that’s going to be lost, so I wanted to have a thank you party so we as a community can express our appreciation to them and their kids.”

Fellow gym member Gary Taylor wrote on the Facebook post he’s saddened to hear the business is closing, and the Yates will be terribly missed.

“The gym is one of the reasons I am getting my health back,” Taylor wrote. “I pray that you are able to open somewhere else.”

The property, owned by Wesley and Marie Pyevach, is one-tenth of an acre and has an assessed value of $206,611, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office. The property owners could not be reached before deadline.

For more information, visit Oregon South Fitness Club’s Facebook page at

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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