Ginny Duenkel Pool
Information regarding 2021 pool memberships and rates can be found at Ginny Duenkel Pool Rates (PDF). For the 5th consecutive year, there has not been an increase in pool membership rates. The Early Bird Pricing deadline is Monday, May 10, 2021.
The Ginny Duenkel Pool season begins on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Pool memberships can be purchased at www.westorange.org/rec or by calling 973-325-4150.
During the COVID-19 pandemic pool guidelines are issued by the State Department of Health. While they tend to follow the Executive Orders of Gov. Murphy, there can be a delay between the issuing of Executive Orders and the updating of guidelines by the State Department of Health. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them. The 2021 Pool Rules and Regulation Booklet can be found below, which will be updated as necessary throughout the season.
***May 30, 2021***
Executive Order No. 241 (2021) and 242 (2021) amended masking requirements. Individuals are no longer required to wear masks in these public settings, though unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to do so. All pool staff have will continue to operate with the necessary materials and information to maintain COVID-19 awareness, continue routine cleaning and disinfecting while performing their assigned duties in a manner that promotes the safety of both the public and staff.
Community Pools and Aquatic Recreational Facilities are now permitted to operate at full capacity, without regards to social distancing. These facilities still encourage unvaccinated individuals to continue social distancing and the Pool will still maintain best practices that support social distancing throughout the facility.
As we move towards better weather for the 2021 pool season, we remind you that:
- Face coverings should NOT be worn in the water (increases the risk of drowning).
- Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water.
- Hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol should be used if soap and water are not available.
- Individuals must stay home if they are sick.
Operated by the West Orange Recreation Department, the pool is open to West Orange residents only. Various membership plans are available. With rare exception, members are allowed to sponsor guests on a daily basis. Membership applications are available at the Recreation Dept. in the spring of every year.
The facility includes three pools: a large main pool equipped with a safety entrance ramp, a diving tank with a low board and a water slide and an interactive spray pad area. Other amenities include a snack bar with a spacious eating deck, large lounging areas and a rec center. Special programs at the pool include the swim lesson program, seven day a week recreation program, the very successful West Orange Wave Swim Team, senior citizen programs, pool parties, the annual Sports & Games Night and more.
Named in honor of Virginia "Ginny" Duenkel, West Orange resident who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. (Multiple medal winner)