This is what it looked like when we started back in July of last year:
And today, it looks like this:
It took a lot of work and a lot of money, but I think it turned out great. I started writing in detail about every single step along the way, but soon realized that would take too long and be too boring, so here are some photos and the condensed version of the transformation.
There is a 3 ft diameter drainage pipe that runs along our park strip, about a foot below ground. This made planting large trees impossible, so we opted for smaller trees than our restrictive covenants called for.
So sue us.
It started to take shape, which was exciting.
We used this board as a guide for leveling out dirt and river rock, but our kids and thier cousins found better use for it!