Part of the tradition within the United
States every year is the celebration of the Fourth of July; many people
choose to celebrate this event in their own way. Some may host a party
or a picnic while at the local government level it may be a festival or a
fireworks display for their residents to attend. Morton Grove has
previously used Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help them map
out and plan for such events. This year like previous ones, they have
once again taken advantage of the technology to assist them in planning
for the July 4th parade.
Because a parade is such a large event that affects traffic flow and
public parking, it is important to have a good information source
accessible to all departments involved in the planning of this event.
For the Public Works Department it is matter of where the barricades and
bathrooms are supposed to be located, for the Police Department its
monitoring on-street parking so that the streets remain clear as well as
managing vehicle traffic so that the parade remains a safe environment.
To assure efficient operations a simple map for both of these
departments to use as a reference during the event is provided. The more
people referring to one resource for their answers the less chance that
mistakes will occur and good decisions are made.