Remove Paver Patio?
Last year we purchased a home built in 1881 that has an enormous circular paver patio installed in the back yard.
Images can be seen here and here/. Sorry, I don't know how to embed the pictures directly. The house is on a triple city lot, but most of the yard is currently unusable because it's unfenced and the house is on a hill, and until we terrace it up, it's a steep drop to the busy street below.
We have two very young sons (3 and almost 2) and the paver patio takes up the entirety of the level ground in the yard. We thought it would make a great entertaining area, but after being in the house for almost a year, we're finding that we instead use an expansive raised side porch for that purpose. We're contemplating removing the patio and putting in grass/flower beds instead so the boys have somewhere safer to play. The pavers are on a downslope, and they're starting to spread apart and become unstable toward the back corner of the yard.
Is this idea crazy? Anyone have any other suggestions?