Friday, February 3, 2023

Cars towed from Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and Elderhaus done without permission

The Elderhaus facility neighbors the Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake. Cars parked on their property were towed -- to the surprise of concert-goers. (Port City Daily photo / File)
The Elderhaus facility neighbors the Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake. Cars parked on their property were towed — to the surprise of concert-goers. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — Nothing ruins a night out quite like the discovery that your car is not where you left it, but that is exactly what happened to concertgoers this past week at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (GLA) after Howard’s Towing decided to start removing cars from Elderhaus property.

While Howard’s Towing is contracted with Elderhaus and there are signs saying not to park on the Elderhaus’ property — there’s one problem with the incident — Robin Nelson of Elderhaus at the Lake said she never told the company to remove cars from the lot.

On Wednesday, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater’s Facebook page posted an update cautioning patrons: “HEADS UP! Our neighbors at Elderhaus have decided to enforce towing on their property. Please be aware if you plan on attending a show. Currently, the signs can get obstructed by parked cars.”

But why the company starting towing cars so early in the evening Nelson said she does not know.

In fact, she said Elderhaus welcomes concertgoers to use their land to park on; the only time Howard’s Towing should be removing cars from the property is if they are left there overnight, Nelson said.

Beau Gunn, who promotes and runs shows out of GLA, said he wants concertgoers to be aware of the situation and to be mindful of any parking areas with signs prohibiting parking.

“We want everyone planning on attending a concert to be aware of the towing situation so the night is not ruined with a $200 towing bill,” Gunn said.

In a map posted by Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Facebook, it shows where parking is permitted and where it is questionable (Port City Daily/Courtesy GLA)
In a map posted by Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Facebook, it shows where parking is permitted and where it is questionable. (Port City Daily/Courtesy GLA)

Hopefully, the towing issue will not be a problem again during concerts as Nelson said she has already directed the company to remove their signs and replace them with signs that read ‘no overnight parking’ instead.

Nelson said she is sincerely apologetic to anyone who had the car removed and reiterated that the Elderhaus has no problem with people using their land to park on when attending a GLA concert.

While parking at the Elderhaus property is generally free, there have been some instances the senior care provider has charged $5 as a fundraiser. When drivers pay the $5 fee and put a piece of paper on their dashboard then they are permitted to even park there overnight, without the risk of towing, Nelson said.

(Note: Beau Gunn is the general manager of 98.3 The Penguin, which is owned by Local Voice Media, Port City Daily’s parent company.)


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