Like all curious Belltownians I’ve seen the signs for “Regrade Park” on 3rd Street, have heard vague mentions of the Denny Regrade and such, but never knew what this was! So, when bored at work on a Friday morning, what’s more perfect than doing some Belltown history research.
Check out this pic, the hill before and after! Belltown would have been a totally different place without this regrade project.
Turns out the Regrade was this masive project where “Denny Hill” one of the “Seven Hills of Seattle” (who knew this place was like Rome?? Is there a secret Romulus and Remus story here?) was removed as the hill was sluiced into Elliott Bay by pumping water from Lake Union using the techniques of hydraulic mining.