Using GIS for Event Planning


The City of Lake Forest has been preparing for its upcoming 150th
Anniversary event, which is scheduled for the fall of this year. While
there are small events going on throughout the year, the big focus is on
the festival that will take place on Market Square in the downtown

The City’s building department contacted GIS with the request of a
large scale map that shows the downtown area, along with parking stalls
and proposed vendor booths. In addition to these, proposed road closures
and barriers were laid out on the map to be discussed among the
planning staff.

Though there will be much more to come, the initial map gives the
planners an opportunity to lay out the map for group discussions and
make proposed changes where necessary. Once finalized, the map can then
be used by staff during the event set-up as a blueprint.