which is owned by a government
or community, as opposed to private property, which is owned by non-government parties such as individuals, groups, or corporations
. In many republican democracies
, "public property" is said to be owned by the people as a commons
. (In other types of state
, such property is said to be owned by the "state" or the "crown
Most public property is accessible to the general public, such as zoos, libraries, schools, and parks; some is reserved for restricted use, such as military bases and research laboratories.