Ginny Duenkel Pool
- Swimming Pool
The West Orange Ginny Duenkel Pool opened on June 2, 1967 and was named for West Orange High School student Virginia “Ginny” Duenkel. At age 17 she won a bronze medal for the 100 meter backstroke and a gold medal for the 400 meter freestyle at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Ginny ranks in the first tier of the greatest athletes in West Orange sports history.
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 a baby pool complete. 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.