The John H Furbee Aquatics Center grand opening was held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Welcoming the crowd and serving as emcee was Desert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks.
Speakers included John Furbee, Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit and Kevin Kaiman, General Manager of Desert Recreation District, which will be managing the pool.
Mayor Parks also made a presentation and declaration of the day as “Rene Hickey Day” in honor of her many years training lifeguards and running the pool at the former Boys and Girls Club location at Cactus and 8th.
The highlight was John Furbee, accompanied by City Manager Rick Daniels and Rene Hickey, as he jumped and and swam the width of the pool.
Light refreshments were served at the end in the Wellness Room.