Community Center

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.

Project Update (1/15/2021)

The Mickey Cafagna Community Center continues to be on time and within budget, moving closer and closer to its anticipated completion in May.

Work completed in the Multi-purpose Building includes installing the acoustical tile ceiling in the corridor, and polishing the concrete floors in the auditorium, kitchen and storage rooms. Plumbing connections are being worked on and installation of equipment in the new commercial kitchen has begun. Concrete has been placed in the large courtyard concrete and the contractor is about halfway finished with the concrete in the small courtyard. The contractor is also about 50% complete with the outside concrete that surrounds the building. 

The building phase of the community center project is nearing the end, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Staff had a pre-construction meeting with the security camera contractor to begin the process of installing the facility cameras. Installation design kick-off has started for the facilities audio-visual system. The office and cubical furniture was approved and is anticipated to be delivered in early March.

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 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 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. 

The target completion date is the end of May 2021.

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. 


  • Bid opening – Sept. 19, 2019
  • Notice to proceed – Nov. 25, 2019
  • Demolition – early 2020 (est)
  • Completion – end of May 2021 (est)

Open During Construction

  1. Community Park is open for our community to enjoy, though play structures remain closed. We ask that you follow the posted protocols in compliance with County public health orders in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow social distancing guidelines, bring a face covering and stay home if you have a fever or cough.
    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.