The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with the city of Seattle's Office of Planning and Development (OPCD) and Office of Housing, will host a panel discussion with national and local city planners on creating more public spaces from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 24 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Metropolitan cities everywhere are struggling to get the most use out of public land, including parks and plazas, streets and sidewalks, shorelines and school campuses. Learn from national experts and local leaders about strategies to create more of what we love about Seattle -- outdoor space for people!

The discussion will be moderated by KUOW reporter Posey Gruener and will include the following speakers:

Uwe Brandes: Executive Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program, Georgetown University
Mami Hara: General Manager/CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
Thatcher Bailey: Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation

This event is part of the Urban Innovations Speaker Series presented by OPCD, which aims to increase public awareness of global best practices used to achieve an integrated approach to planning for livable cities. The series will bring recognized experts to Seattle, joined by local and regional speakers to help ground the series in issues specific to Seattle and the region. Other topics will include: urban design for community health, community-based resilience, new trends in urban development, and integrated land use, open space, transportation design and sustainability.