OAKLEY -- The park adjoining Oakley's City Hall might be getting a sizable new look.
Council members this week narrowed their focus to Civic Center Park during a debate on how to use just over $400,000 earmarked for such projects.
Oakley already has spent just over $1.1 million of the approximately $1.5 million it's eligible to receive from an East Bay Regional Park District bond measure that made grants available to cities and special park districts for high priority park projects.
The first grant Oakley received went to upgrade Creekside Park with amenities that included a ball field and basketball court.
Oakley has until March 2016 to apply for the remaining $405,841, although it must submit the application by next spring if it wants to spend the funds in fiscal year 2014-15.
After discussing their options, council members decided to concentrate on upgrading Civic Center Park by carving several curved rows of seats from the existing grass slope and building a stage at the base of the amphitheater where groups can hold concerts, performing arts productions and ceremonies as well as show movies.
The estimated cost is $410,000.
Fees for holding special events in the park are expected to cover any additional costs for maintaining it.
Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.