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Cambridge City Council

Jesus Green Outdoor Pool set to reopen on 2 April

News release from 25/02/2021

CAMBRIDGE City Council is pleased to announce that in line with the government guidance on the reopening of outdoor sports facilities, its contractor GLL is preparing Jesus Green Outdoor Pool for reopening on 2 April. This is five weeks earlier than usual.

The unheated, iconic outdoor pool is the UK’s longest at 91 metres long and will be the first facility to reopen for public swimming in the city. The reopening is subject to the government’s roadmap going to plan and weather conditions.

More details on the timetable, cold water swimming advice and booking arrangements will be available shortly via the Better website and app https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/jesusgreenlido

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities said: “This is fantastic news and I am delighted that we can work to reopen Jesus Green outdoor pool for the Easter bank holiday.

“Outdoor swimming has risen enormously in popularity and it is good for both physical and mental health. I hope that many people will take the opportunity to visit safely when it reopens.”

Daryl Emes, Cambridgeshire Partnership Manager of GLL, said: “GLL is absolutely delighted with the announcement that outdoor pools are able to open from the week of Monday 29 March.

“There is much work still to do but we have started the process to get Jesus Green Lido ready to welcome our customers back safely and our aim is to be open for around the start of April.

“We are acutely aware of the impact the lockdowns have had on people’s physical and mental wellbeing and so we know getting the Lido open earlier than usual this season will be a hugely positive step towards addressing this.”

Jesus Green outdoor pool is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos that were built across the country in the 1920s and 30s. It ranges from 1.2 to 2.5 metres in depth. Separate male and female changing and shower facilities are available.