We are finished swimming for the season. I'd like to go ahead and close, but for the sake of a good opening next spring I will let it go for awhile until water cools down. But in order to access the pool and stir things up well, I need to be in the pool--which is now a temperature problem.
Yet at least with the steps in, there is a chance I can be brave every few days & go in to aerate and scoop a little debris, but I want to get the steps out now before it's hugely painful temp-wise to do so. But I would cut off my in-pool access to keep it clean (deck not built yet).