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43 Examples of Public Property

 , August 18, 2021
Public property are assets, particularly land, that is owned by a government. In theory, this is dedicated to the public good whereby it is used to provide public space, preserve nature, build resilience, improve quality of life and create economic opportunity. In many cases, public property is leased to private entities and individuals or rights are granted to extract resources such as timber. The following are common examples of public property.
Airports
Beaches
Bridges
Brownfield Land
Canals
Community Centers
Community Gardens
Conservation Areas
Cultural Facilities
Cycling Highways
Cycling Paths
Deserts
Elevated Parks
Forests
Gardens
Grasslands
Harbors & Ports
Heritage Sites
Highways
Islands
Lakes
Military Bases
Mountains
National Parks
Parks
Playgrounds
Public Buildings
Public Hospitals
Public Housing
Public Infrastructure
Public Schools
Public Squares
Public Universities
Rail Stations
Railways
Rainforests
Recreational Facilities
Rivers
Roads
Sidewalks
Streets
Tunnels
Waterfront Areas
Brownfield land is land that is potentially contaminated. In some cases, government land is damaged by commercial use such as mining. In other cases, the government takes over abandoned brownfield land whereby the public may end up paying to clean it up.
Equipment, machines, infrastructure, vehicles, ships, spacecraft and other capital owned by a government can also be considered public property.
In some cases, private landowners are required to provide limited public access to their land. For example, a hotel that is blocking access to a public beach with its land may be required to provide a public access path.
It is common for governments to create independent or semi-independent authorities to administer land and infrastructure. For example, an airport authority that governs and administers an airport. Accountability for these organizations ultimately falls back to the government.
Public land may be held in legal structures known as trusts that prevent the government from selling the land or using it in certain ways.

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