A planning application has been submitted to Peterborough City Council to convert the grassed area next to the Willow Cafe into an outdoor area "to include picnic tables, gazebos, patio paving, storage and an under cover area for dog walkers".
There are no plans to put up any fixed structures, but the open metal mesh fencing will be removed to open the land up for use by the cafe.
The land earmarked for use was historically used as tennis courts but, according to the application, has not been used for this purpose in "over a decade", since 2009.
A statement from Adrian Corrigan, owner of the Willow Cafe, reads: "The courts are no longer playable as the lawn has not been maintained as required and is now simply mowed as and when required."
The bowling green and six modern tennis courts will not be altered.