There's still some sanding and alignment work to be done. There's a little more fund-raising work to be carried out as well.
But it sure is nice to see Gloucester's iconic Greasy Pole back in place, atop its new dock just off Pavilion Beach, ready to welcome the walkers for this year's St. Peters' Fiesta, which is just 10 weeks away.
It's even nicer to know that the project, according to Fiesta Committee President Joe Novello, is now likely to come in roughly 11 percent under the initial $85,000 project budget, with all of the money raised through private contributions.
The private funding aspect of this project is perhaps its most impressive feature — just like the roughly $1.5 million private fund-raising effort that's gone into the much larger but equally successful "Newell Renewal" stadium project.
The Newell Renewal effort is a classic public-private partnership, with the full $3.5 million plan drawing on a $1.5 million city bond and a $500,000 state grant. Both that drive and especially the effort to rebuild and restore the Greasy Pole and its dock spotlight this community's commitment to stepping up to the donation plate and getting things done.
That is a tribute to people such as Novello and his Fiesta Committee colleagues, as well as to Dick Wilson, Jonathan Pope and other leaders of the Gloucester Fishermen's Athletic Association. But, most of all, it is a tribute to the people and the businesses of Gloucester that have taken the term "community project" to a new level.
Congratulations to all.