365 Things To Do In Palos Verdes – Nansen Field

Nansen Field, Rolling Hills Estates, is nestled in the midst of neighborhood homes.  There you will find a green patch of grass hidden away from the flow of traffic on Hidden Valley Road right off of Palos Verdes Drive North, and a block west of Hawthorne Blvd.  Nansen Field has a long history going back to the Vanderlip family era.   It was originally set aside for the Norwegian seaman who were on layover waiting for their ships to sail, and became their sports field.  The building located on the property was brought overland from Fort MacArthur and became the field’s clubhouse.

Elin Vanderlip is credited for convincing her husband’s family corporation into selling the property for a small cost ($4300). In 1947 the Norwegian Consul signed the deed, and in 1952 the property was deeded over to the Seamen of Norway, Inc. Today Nansen Field continues to have a Scandinavian-American traditional feel to it with its special parties and activities.  It is also the home of the Fram Soccer Club.  On weekends, you will find various teams enjoying the game and the unique surroundings.  Occasionally on Sundays, you will find adult teams setting up an impromptu game.  Even celebrities such as Rod Stewart have been seen playing at Nansen Field. 

Photo Courtesy of Karen Campbell

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