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 (12/16/19)
Construction fencing is up around the site and work has begun on the first phase of the project, which is pre-demolition.
The contractor began asbestos abatement on December 9. The buildings may be tented during this process to contain all debris.
Electrical services for park buildings and amenities open during construction – including the swim center, ball fields and tennis courts – will be relocated. Disruption to electrical service to these facilities will be kept to a minimum.
Demolition is expected to start in mid-January.
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.
- To construct a high-quality facility within budget and schedule.
- Coordinate with all stakeholders to minimize disruption to the public and patrons of the surrounding park facilities.
- Provide timely public outreach updates to keep the public and all stake holders well informed during the construction of the project.
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.
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
- Notice to proceed – Nov. 25, 2019
- Demolition – early 2020 (est)
- Completion – end of May 2021 (est)
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:
- Swim Center
- Adventure Playground (at the north end of the park)
- Skate Park
- Sports Fields
- Basketball Court
- Dog Park
- Tennis & Bocce Courts
- Picnic Areas
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.