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Pool in the Park is a purpose-built swimming complex in the middle of the park. It has three pools, the competition pool that is three metres deep, which opened in 1989, a learner pool and the leisure lagoon which includes three Water Slides which vary in speed (Fast, Medium and Slow), a 'river rapids' ride, a wave machine, water cannons and a "mushroom" water fountain. The outside design of Pool in the Park is based on an ancient Roman Coliseum.
Woking's Pool in the Park is the setting for a commercially operating fuel cell Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system.
A fuel cell is similar to a battery except that fuel is fed into the cell to generate electricity and heat by an electro-chemical process producing pure water as its output emission.
Like a battery, a fuel cell contains an anode and a cathode insulated by an electrolyte between them. Hydrogen is supplied to the anode while oxygen is supplied to the cathode, creating a chemical reaction which generates
the electric current, heat and water.
In the case of the Woking Park scheme, hydrogen gas is chemically
reformed from natural gas and oxygen is extracted direct from outside air to fuel the cell.
The technology was first used in the USA Space Programme in the 1960s when fuel cells on board rockets provided the vital heat, electricity and
drinking water to keep space missions going.
Situated where Toys 'R' us and Peacocks Centre now stand,
The 'Centre Pool' covered Swimming Pool was opened
The Pool in the Park opened in 1989 and the old pool was demolished to make way for the shopping centre.
POOL IN THE PARK - WOKING
HISTORY - WOKING OUTDOOR POOL
The original Woking swimming pool was open air and on the site of the Pool in the Park, and built around the turn of the century. Railway sleepers formed the bottom and corrugated iron the surrounds.
The pool closed around 1984
and lay derelict until the new
pool was built.
HISTORY - WOKING CENTRE POOL
Woking Park is a large park and leisure complex in Woking, Surrey, operated and maintained by Woking Borough Council. The park is in the Hoe Valley. In 1902 the Brettell Family and associates, who were known as philanthropists, gifted the land to the town on the condition "said land shall not be used for any other purpose than a public park, public walks, gardens, recreation grounds, pleasure grounds, and baths."
The current Leisure Centre was opened in 1976. Outdoor sport pitches include a football/hockey pitch, cricket square, bowls lawn, putting green and a number of tennis courts. The tennis courts are open to the public, whereas the bowls lawn is restricted to members of Woking Park Bowls Club. The cricket pitch is situated on the large central field, There is clubhouse for the cricket players. The football pitch is located behind the leisure centre. There is also a playground for smaller children, a crazy golf course and a skate park. to the south of the park is a set of three wildlife ponds with a timber decking viewing area. This was extensively renovated in 2004.