My current challenge is what to do with the 4 inch deep 14' circle in my yard over the winter. My concern is if I leave it bare won't animals (deer in our area), rain, snow, etc., help soften the 4 inch "wall" and cause more issues when setting up the pool next season? I spread, taped, and cut 10 4'x5' store display material (1/16 inch thick plastic) on top of the 1" of sand to cover the 14' hole and help minimize rocks and bugs from coming out of the ground. I then put the Intex supplied ground cover on top of the store displays. I also used discarded plastic shelving - 2'x 6'x 3 inches as decking around the perimeter of the pool. Worked surprisingly well as I had some tubes to connect the shelving vertically that helped create table side areas right next to the pool for putting towels, drinks, etc. on. I also stored the solar cover on top of one of these shelves while in the pool.
Option A: Take up everything and leave the 4 inch hole exposed to the winter elements and deer traffic.
Option B: Leave the display and ground cover/tarp where it is and place all the plastic shelving on top of the Intex tarp to keep it down and discourage animals from going near the hole. My concerns are snow, rain, etc. getting onto the shelving and tarp material and possibly dealing with a mossy, dirty mess when putting the pool up next spring.