Has anyone here ever turned an inground swimming pool into a pond (intentionally - not by letting the water green up all summer!)? I'm wanting to do so and could use thoughts from anyone who has done so. Heck, I'll even entertain thoughts from those who haven't done so, just for the sake of conversation. Here's the scoop: 1. I have an inground, concrete (gunite?) kidney shaped swimming pool. 2. I've been given estimates of 12,000 & 15,000 gallon capacity. Not sure and since it's irregularly shaped measuring the capacity is not a quick thing to do. 3. It does hold water. Trust me. I'm in the mist of pumping it out now. 4. The pump and filter do NOT work. These would have to be replaced with appropriate items for a pond. 5. The pool is 50+ years old and surrounded by a concrete patio. 6. There is a chain link fence (brand new) that would need to stay in place for insurance reasons. There is also privacy fence around my yard. 7. The deep end is about 6.5 feet deep (estimate - I'll measure it more accurately once empty and dry.) The shallow end is about 3 feet deep. The slope in the center is pretty steep. Nothing is going to "sit" on the ramp long term. I'd prefer to keep costs on such a project low. I have seen directions for using liners, zillions of dollars worth of sandbags and landscaping, etc. This is a bit more than I want to spend. Any thoughts on how to do this and have a nice looking pond without spending a fortune would be appreciated. The pump will cost a fortune (and having it installed--that's beyond my skills) so I'd need to keep other costs to a minimum. Might take me a couple of years to do a project like this, if I decided to go ahead with it.