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Jesus Green

Location: North of the city centre, bordered by the river Cam, Victoria Avenue and Jesus College.

  • on Sunday afternoons in summer there are band concerts
  • toilet block with disabled facilities
  • refreshments kiosk which is open throughout the year
  • outdoor swimming pool
  • six tennis courts on the park (four tarmac and two grass)
  • play area that caters for children of all ages and is based on the theme of railways. The younger children can play on the railway engine itself with its wagon, a mini roundabout, spring tractor, cradle seat swings, and agility climber, while the older children can use up their energies on net climber, group swing or slide
  • barbecue area with stones for the use of portable barbecues
  • free table tennis

If you see anything we should know about – including graffiti, litter, broken equipment, or blocked access – report a problem at a park or open space.

Divided by avenues of London Plane and horse chestnut trees, it's an area of open parkland grass, offering informal and formal outdoor sports.

On the facing bank of Jesus Green, is a thin strip of land called Jubilee Gardens, this is host to 40,000 carlton type daffodil bulbs in a 'field of hope' in recognition of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

All the tennis courts are free to use on a first come, first served basis. However, at busy periods when people are queuing we ask that you limit your session to 30 minutes to allow other people to use the courts. During the closed season (October to April) only the tarmac courts are available. The grass courts are the only ones on the city's parks and open spaces.

Although next to the river, the play area is completely fenced, as is the small picnic area, so parents can watch the boats go by confident that their children are playing safely.

Cycleway improvement project

Under the Joint Cycleway Improvements Programme, we and Cambridgeshire County Council are undertaking work to widen and improve the shared cycleway route on Jesus Green, running from Jesus Green lock to the southern entrance from Victoria Avenue.

The work will see a widening of the footpath, from 2.6 to 3.5 metres, to reduce congestion on the route and provide a more secure and even surface for users. The path is to be constructed using a structurally supportive cellular system which will help to increase the healthy lifespan of the avenue of London plane trees.

The works began on 28 July and are planned to take up to eight weeks, during which time there will be some disruption to footpath access across the common. The works have been split into 'north' and 'south' phases to minimise disruption and keep as much of the footpath open as possible while work is underway. Some temporary fencing will be erected on the green space to protect the public from moving vehicles and to maintain a secure working area, but access across the green space will be maintained with gated pedestrian routes.