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The grass is looking greener for Wanaka's parking problems as the Queenstown Lakes District Council reports very few instances of cars damaging the grass by the foreshore car parks over the New Year period.
Grassed areas did not need reinstatement, which the council yesterday called a step in the right direction.
Last year, those grassed areas were so damaged by vehicles parking illegally council had to spend $3000 repairing them.
To prevent damaging parking, a car park has been built on Mount Aspiring Rd, and the Wanaka Showgrounds opened for free day parking over the summer holidays.
Council spokesman Campbell Weal said the new car park was reaching capacity each day and there were still plenty of parks at the showgrounds.
''These two parking options alongside increased enforcement and signage helped to minimise parking on grass areas, and also worked to provide people with great views of the lake and safe spaces to wander.''