Once the hole is complete and the soil is smoothed, you can let everyone help in laying the initial sand level also. Until you are at a point where things need to be perfected, this can be a fun, all-inclusive activity.
Make sure that for those helping with your project, you plan a pool opening day where all are invited to swim and splash in the new pool. Limits need to be set up front and everyone needs to be made aware of what the pool rules are. It is often a good idea to make it clear that children are not allowed to swim without a responsible adult present and all parents should realize that pool owners do not instantly agree to be the neighborhood babysitters. Sometimes it is also a good idea to set rules regarding when the pool will be off limits or by invitation only.
Because pools are exciting for entire neighborhoods it is very important to be clear on what expectations are for pool use. It is often a good idea to ensure that everyone is aware of the owner’s wishes ahead of time so that people do not mistakenly believe that because they help in the pool construction that they can use it anytime they want and everyone should be told that it is always their responsibility to bring their own snacks and beverages and to always clean up after themselves. A few rules that are made clear at the start of your project will greatly enhance everyone’s experience and decrease the chance that an exciting new pool will cause negative feelings in your neighborhood. Having a pool is not an automatic open invitation for everyone in the neighborhood although it will often make the owner’s home the most popular in the neighborhood especially on hot, summer, days.
Many years of memories are built around swimming pools and neighbors will recall, fondly, helping with the ground preparation for the pool and children will grow with memories and photographs of using their small, plastic, sand shovels during the initial dig.