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 (3/5/2020)

Demolition of the former community center is in progress.

A key component of demolition is getting the materials sorted and hauled away in compliance with a requirement to recycle 75% of the site’s materials. EC Constructors, Inc., the construction company for the community center, estimated its on target for upwards of 95% recyclable by recycling debris, lumber, reinforcement and concrete. 

Debris is primarily building insulation, drywall, roofing material, and fragments of lumber. These materials are being taken to the EDCO recycle center in Spring Valley and Sycamore Landfill in Santee.

For the other materials, reinforcing/sheet metal is recycled by Ecology in San Diego, concrete is recycled by the demolition subcontractor in El Cajon, and lumber is being exported to Mexico for use in new building structures.

Once demolition is complete, the next phase of this project is grading the site in preparation for construction to begin.

Portable lights are still being used in the parking lot and tennis courts continue to close at dusk. It is anticipated lighting will be restored to these two areas by the end of March when a new dedicated service is installed.

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 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)
Community Center

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.

  2. Community Park tennis courts will close at dusk on a temporary basis. As part of the Mickey Cafagna Community Center construction project, electrical service to the parking lot has temporarily been suspended. Portable lights will be used in the parking lot and lighting is anticipated to be restored by the end of March.