Lake Forest will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary next year, and
with that celebration is a potential record-sized fireworks display that
is in the planning. The idea is to have every resident of the city be
able to view fireworks from their home. GIS has been able to help with
planning this out by showing the committee the areas that require cover,
as well as using the supplied data of minimum safety distances and
viewing coverages for different sized fireworks.
The project included land use analysis, creating buffers, and
using aerial photography to determine good launch sites and areas that
can be excluded from the coverage. While this is only in its initial
stages of planning, GIS will nonetheless be available to help further
make this event a success.