South County YMCA closes permanently

The South County YMCA was struggling before the pandemic hit, YMCA officials said.

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 6:24 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2020 8:31 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- The South County YMCA has officially closed their doors due to financial pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials from the YMCA of Douglas County closed the Roseburg and Canyonville locations in March after Gov. Kate Brown issued the “Stay Home, Save Lives” order.

However, when the Roseburg location reopened in June, officials said only 30% of their members returned on a regular basis.

They said the South County YMCA was struggling before the pandemic hit. The Rosburg YMCA was financially supporting the South County YMCA for more than five years before the closure.

Now that there is a loss in membership, officials said they did not have enough money to keep the South County YMCA running.

“It’s obviously not an easy thing to do on anybody,” said Interim CEO Matt Lund. “It’s not easy on the board, it’s not easy on me.”

Lund said the Board of Directors are hoping to reevaluate their finances in one to two years to potentially reopen the South County YMCA in some capacity.

Many Canyonville residents told KEZI 9 News that they’re disappointed by the closure because the YMCA meant so much to the community.

Cindy Goodwin said she’s still trying to process the closure.

“It was something we did, it was a routine,” said Goodwin. “It got me out of bed in the morning and it was a great work out.”

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