Community Center

The Mickey Cafagna Community Center is a shared-use, multi-generational facility designed to serve our Poway community now and into the future. The community center opened to the public in June 2021 and is located in the heart of Poway at Poway Community Park.

Project Background

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.  

EC Constructors, Inc., was awarded the construction contract at the Oct. 15, 2019 Poway City Council meeting. Based on the project bid, the council approved the contract for $9,859,559 to build the 22,587 square-foot “hybrid plus” option, which allows greater flexibility for both city and senior center programming. 

Project Scope

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

Timeline

  • Bid opening – Sept. 19, 2019
  • Notice to proceed – Nov. 25, 2019
  • Demolition – early 2020
  • Completion – June 2021