OAKLEY -- Anyone interested in seeing Oakley establish an equestrian center is invited to voice opinions and suggestions at a meeting the city is hosting this week.

Moderated by Mayor Kevin Romick, the public gathering will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at City Hall, 3231 Main St.

Proponents of the idea will describe what they would like to have -- a spacious facility that includes an arena and a large expanse of land where horse enthusiasts can hold shows and competitions -- as well as identifying possible sites and sharing thoughts on how the project might be financed.

The premises also could be used by young people involved in 4-H and National FFA Organization, groups that need a place to raise and show livestock, said Oakley resident and horse owner Nancy D'Cruz.

In addition, she and others say a place that caters to the area's equestrian community could double as a venue for farmers markets that showcase locally produced wines and produce, thereby highlighting two facets of Oakley's rural roots.

D'Cruz is among a loose-knit group of horse lovers who have created a Facebook page named PACE Oakley -- Promoting Agricultural Community & Equestrian in East Contra Costa -- to promote their interests.

They maintain that a riding facility would draw visitors from around Northern California and beyond, reinvigorating Oakley's economy with the additional sales tax revenue they would generate by patronizing local restaurants, motels and other businesses.

Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.