Title

Land Management and The Kittitas Valley Event Center: a Historical View

Presenter Information

Taylor Steele

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

The Kittitas Valley Event Center is a unique and historic feature within the city limits of Ellensburg, Washington. The largest annual event is the Ellensburg Rodeo and Fair; the rodeo is one of America's top 10 professional rodeos. Since 1923, the site has grown as different properties were purchased and/or allocated by different stakeholders. The result is a multi-use site with different owners, stakeholders, environmental regulations, and interests. A master plan was created in 1997 to develop and plan for the future. This plan is currently being updated. Unfortunately, there is a lack of complete, organized, and manageable data to use in the planning process. The primary goal of this project is to gather and organize all of the pertinent current and historic data from various sources within a GIS environment. Secondarily, this is an opportunity for the town to work with the university on an important topic through a student internship project. This poster deals with both the data collection and verification process, but also an overview of the changes in the built environment over the event center’s history.

Poster Number

30

Faculty Mentor(s)

Robert Hickey

Additional Mentoring Department

Geography

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Land Management and The Kittitas Valley Event Center: a Historical View

SURC Ballroom C/D

The Kittitas Valley Event Center is a unique and historic feature within the city limits of Ellensburg, Washington. The largest annual event is the Ellensburg Rodeo and Fair; the rodeo is one of America's top 10 professional rodeos. Since 1923, the site has grown as different properties were purchased and/or allocated by different stakeholders. The result is a multi-use site with different owners, stakeholders, environmental regulations, and interests. A master plan was created in 1997 to develop and plan for the future. This plan is currently being updated. Unfortunately, there is a lack of complete, organized, and manageable data to use in the planning process. The primary goal of this project is to gather and organize all of the pertinent current and historic data from various sources within a GIS environment. Secondarily, this is an opportunity for the town to work with the university on an important topic through a student internship project. This poster deals with both the data collection and verification process, but also an overview of the changes in the built environment over the event center’s history.