Come along for a tour of the Top of the Hill

The Top of the Hill Neighborhood Association is putting out the welcome mat for you this weekend with its March in May.

Participants, especially West Enders, are invited to put on walking shoes, roller blades or jump on a bicycle for a fun march through streets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Top of the Hill Neighborhood stretches from Illinois 157 East to North and South 95th Street. It covers addresses on both sides of West Main Street, all of Granvue Drive, Baltimore, Farthing Lane, Olympia Drive, Wondell Woods Drive, all of North 95th Stree, North 96th Street and North 98th Street. Maps will be available at the start.

“Top of the Hill is the first impression people are greeted with entering Belleville from the west,” said Georgia-Ann Edwards, president of the association. “Thousands of people drive in from the 157-West Main intersection daily. A lot of people are familiar with Signal Hill, but we want to raise awareness about our neighborhood.”

She ticked off some of the advantages of living in the neighborhood: It’s a 15 minute ride to the bridges to St. Louis; 5 to 10 minutes to the Fairview Heights Metro-Link station. There are lots of beautiful older homes that are well kept, plus rentals at good prices. And a very active neighborhood association.

The walk will start and end at the parking lot of Gehrs Dental Office at the corner of 95th and West Main streets. It route will head down West Main and onto several neighborhood streets, “but not all the way down them or it would get too long,” Edwards said. There will be stops at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Weiss Monument Co. and Circle K, with treats and water provided en route.

Parking is available at Signal Hill School, North 95th and Signal Hill Boulevard; Gehrs Dental; and WERC, West Main and 97th.

“For any kind citizens who would like to help pick up trash, gloves and garbage bags will be provided,” Edwards said. TOTH T-shirts can be ordered by calling Lonnie Adkisson at 618-514-0529. For information about the neighborhood, email

“We just want to show that people here care about our neighborhood and are trying to ensure that the West End of Belleville remains a great place to live.”