In addition to advocacy for a new facility, the PPRA was involved in running recreation programs from its inception.
As part of its advocacy strategy (to convince municipal government of the seriousness of its commitment to recreation in the neighbourhood) it ran programs in Plouffe Park without waiting for the arrival of a recreation facility. It started summer park programs for children and youth, soccer and skating for girls and women, soccer for children, and took over the operation of the rink from the Dalhousie Community Association.
It also used these programs as a strategy for visibility in the community, to interest more people in supporting the work of the PPRA in advocating for the new pool.
Following the opening of the Centre in 2004, the PPRA determined there were still valid reasons to continue with its core programs and to expand its advocacy to more recreational opportunities within the broader neighbourhood around Plant Pool. Increasingly as the City works through new periods of austerity and cuts to recreation budgets, the focus of the PPRA’s advocacy work has turned to maintaining existing levels of programming activities.