I met up with Keith yesterday, and we spent the better part of 3˝ hours walking through the three areas mentioned by the Parks and Recreation director; Cedar Downs, Jenkins Creek Park, and King County Greenspace.
I must say, all three areas definitely have some potential.
Jenkins Creek Park was the site that initially got me interested in contacting Covington Parks, because that's the park that was mentioned as a potential disc golf course in the "Covington PROS Plan"... I had, up until yesterday, held this location as a "front runner" in terms of first choices. But, having seen the other options, I'm not so certain anymore... The (good/bad) thing about Jenkins Creek Park, is that it is already an established park in the community. It's good, because the property is already fairly well maintained, with trails and mowed fields that could make the transition into a course less strenuous. However, since it is an established park, it might be a little more difficult to convince the community that disc golf would make a good fit for the park. I do like this location for it's potential water hazard holes though, even if the land-area isn't as large as the other two locations.
Cedar Downs was a nice vast amount of land, with fairly dense wooded areas. The majority of this land appears to be located on top of a "plateau", with a really steep (~100% grade) hill that drops down around 150-200ft in elevation along the Northern, and part of the Western borders of the property. This property is currently not easily accessible, with only a few mountain biking trails branching off of the main trail (Pipeline Trail). Although this is the largest of the three sites, it may not be the most feasible because of it's secluded nature. There is virtually zero parking available at any of the trail heads leading into the area. All-in-all, it was a pretty impressive site, but it would take a lot of work to clear out some fairways and make it usable/accessible.
Finally, the King County Greenspace seemed to be comprised of a nice mix of wooded areas and former roads and trails. This land is adjacent to an already existing (and very well maintained, possibly private?
/neighborhood) park. There was a good variety of terrain on this property with some interesting elevation features. There are some dirt bike trails winding through the property, which could be used as a basic route through to develop a course trail from. I think at the end of the day, Keith and I both agreed that this spot (granted the proper approval) has the best potential.
Of course, all of this is just a part of the preliminary site survey process. There's still a lot of uncertainty with regards to what we are able to actually do, at least, until we get an opportunity to meet with the Parks Director. We tentatively have a meeting scheduled with Covington Parks on 6/7, but this may very well get pushed out a few weeks due to the numerous other projects going on at the moment.
Anyhow, that's my update for now.