May 24, 2015 | Kaellen Hessel

Stepping out onto the village green at Pringle Creek Community on Sunday afternoon was like taking a step back into yesteryear.

There was a sense of relaxed enjoyment on the field as laughter tinkled through the air while people played croquet.

They took turns trying to hit their balls through the course of metal wickets, which proved surprisingly challenging due to the length of the grass. They’d wack the ball with their mallets only to see it plop back down a few inches away. They laughed often and encouraged one another.

“This takes me back to my childhood,” said Jane Poznar, Pringle Creek resident and manager. “This is what we used to do all the time.”

The sustainable community, located near Leslie Middle School in South Salem, is home to 12 acres of open, communal space. The neighborhood likes to host events that allow residents from the greater Salem community to enjoy the property, said Kerry Fox, events and outreach coordinator.

Gilgamesh Brewing and Island Girl food truck were on hand to quench thirsts and fill stomachs as players enjoyed the backyard pastime and other residents meandered by the green.

“It’s really just an opportunity to enjoy and bring people together and revive lawn games,” Fox said.