For years I persevered with leaves, twigs, gum nuts, etc., landing in my pool which took considerable time and effort to clean.
Then there was the cost of repairs, maintenance, chemicals and electricity.
As the kids got older pool usage diminished and one cool summer, the pool did not get used at all; in fact, the pool wasn't use for the whole year. The following summer was hot and I used the pool 3 time, and each time it was 40 degrees C.
I was looking for something to do with the pool and there were several suggestions on the internet. Whilst on the way to an African Drumming gig I discussed this with a friend of mine who suggested I contact Peter Clarke at Ku-ring-gai Council as he was involved with the Wild Things program. (Peter has since retired and his son Callum Clarke is the Ku-ring-gai Deputy Mayor.).
Peter visited my house and we discussed converting my pool to a pond. After 6 months of no chemicals and power, it was time to add some plants and fish that were provided by council. I became aware of another pool to pond conversion in the neighborhood and was able to obtain some additional plants. I have also purchased plants and fish. It took a few years to get established and has provided a great deal of enjoyment; a great place to sit late afternoon with a cold drink.