Please take a look at the picture above. This is an inside area surrounded by apartment complex buildings. It contains parking space for the residents and a playground for kids.
What would be the proper name for this area? The best I could come up with so far is courtyard, or inside courtyard.
Sentences I'd like this to fit in:
Kids are playing in the _______ .
Where did you park the car? In the ________ .
Any help is very appreciated.
EDIT: The reason for a single word is I'm struggling with a Russian sentence, and they have a concise word for just such a thing. It's called dvor (literally "yard"), but its meaning encompasses what you see in the picture above.
This "dvor" is a colloquial term, not an official designation.
Edit #2: Thank you all for insightful answers. While I do not feel there's a single word that works as a perfect equivalent for "dvor", I'm going to accept "communal" (as in "communal parking lot" or "communal playground"), because this seems to capture Russian/Soviet mentality better, and was most useful to me in this specific instance.