The Obwald family just purchased their first home and we love it. We have done some work to the inside, but lack the funds to do anything to the backyard. We asked our kids (we have three,ages 4,3, and 1) what they thought of the backyard. They said, "It's like a weed garden". They also said they would love it to be a place they could play that was like a play ground.
My wife and I hope that our house is a place where we can do life with people. Where neighbor kids can come and play and community can happen. A little help in the backyard would help us to make an inviting place for that to happen.