I'm a very new pool owner, and a tiny pool, at that. However, I am hopeful I will upgrade in years to come and probably max out at an 18' style of AG that is taken down in the off-season (at least an Intex frame, if not something with hard sides if they can be taken down easily -- haven't done that research yet).
I am having some patio work done soon, including some dirt work to address some grading issues. As long as I have the fence torn down to let in the heavy equipment, I'm thinking now it the time to have a spot created that will eventually hold the newer, bigger pool. My thought is that I would have them level the ground where I'll want the pool, but not do anything else at this point. Then, next year or the following, hand dig out a six or ten inches deep, by twenty feet "hole". What I'd like to be able to do is frame and line the "hole" I'll be putting the pool in, such that when the pool is not erected, I can fill fill the hole with water and form an ice rink for a couple months. I need to finalize what I'm asking the grading guys to do in the next two weeks -- please chime in if this sounds like a plan that would work, or if I should forget about it. Also, if anyone knows what I should frame the inside of the hole with, as well as line it with to hold the water before it freezes into the ice rink. Maybe a crazy idea, and I'll count on you all to set me straight if that's the case.