Community Center

community center architecture rendering

The Mickey Cafagna Community Center will be a shared-use, multi-generational facility designed to serve our Poway community into the future. It will be home base for the city’s recreation programs at Community Park, as well as the Poway Senior Center, which is an independent nonprofit organization.

Building a new community center became a top priority for the Poway City Council in 2016, when it set aside $10 million of one-time use funds toward the project. The original community center was built prior to the city’s incorporation in 1980 and needed extensive repairs to keep it safe and open to the public.

The City explored many options to design a building that meets the needs of the community and worked within the City's budget, without incurring additional debt. The Poway City Council selected a design concept in early 2018 and in February 2019 appropriated the funds needed to move forward with the bid process.  

Project Update (8/27/19):

The construction contract for the Mickey Cafagna Community Center will be re-advertised after the City Council voted to reject the only bid received during the initial bid process.

Although the bid was within the engineer’s estimate, all five councilmembers voiced concern given the magnitude of the community center project. The consensus was that awarding a contract based on one bid wasn’t in the city’s best interest.

Staff received feedback from several contractors that were qualified to bid on the project but did not submit a bid. The requirements of a self-performance provision in the bid documents, which is used to ensure that the contractor performs a specified amount of work on its own, proved difficult to meet for this type of construction project. 

Staff will remove the self-performance provision and is planning to re-advertise the project on August 29. Bids are scheduled to be opened on September 19, with the contract awarded in October. 

Project Objectives:  

  1. To construct a high-quality facility within budget and schedule. 
  2. Coordinate with all stakeholders to minimize disruption to the public and patrons of the surrounding park facilities.
  3. Provide timely public outreach updates to keep the public and all stake holders well informed during the construction of the project.  

Project Scope:

Demolition of existing senior center and community center buildings and the construction of new community center with scope including asbestos removal, site excavation and grading, utility connection, and irrigation and landscaping. 


  • Bid opening – Sept. 19, 2019

Open During Construction

  1. All Community Park amenities, except for the community center and senior center buildings, will remain open for our community to enjoy. Park staff members will continue to oversee park operations and activities. This includes:
    Public restrooms near the sports fields are open during regular park hours. 

    For questions about park services, please call our main number at 858-668-4671.

    For questions about senior center services, please contact the Poway Valley Senior Citizens Corporation.