OAKLEY -- The city is inviting residents to weigh in on what improvements they'd like to see to a downtown park.

Oakley officials will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at City Hall to discuss possible changes to the adjoining Civic Center Park.

City Hall is at 3231 Main St.

The city has the promise of a $405,000 grant from an East Bay Regional Park District bond measure that made money available to cities and special park districts for high priority projects.

At a council meeting last month, the city's parks and recreation department proposed several uses for the money, one of which is to carve rows of curved, amphitheater-style seating into the park's grassy slope and build a covered stage for performances and other events.

Additional picnic tables and play equipment for small children are two other possibilities.

Cost estimates for these amenities will be presented at the meeting.

-- Rowena Coetsee

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.