Windsor

Pole installed for long-awaited Great Canadian Flag Project

Work crews broke ground in February for the Great Canadian Flag Project. The massive flag that will eventually fly at the city's waterfront will stretch 18 metres by nine metres.

It's five years in the making, but the massive Canadian flag project took important step forward Friday

Crews put down the base of the 45-metre pole for the Great Canadian Flag project Friday morning on Windsor's waterfront. (Derek Spalding/CBC)

The pole for the Great Canadian Flag Project was installed at the foot of Ouellette Avenue, along the city's waterfront Friday morning. 

Work crews broke ground in February for the Great Canadian Flag Project. The massive flag that will eventually fly at the city's waterfront will stretch 18 metres by nine metres.

Peter Hrastovec, chairperson of the Great Canadian Flag Project that has been fundraising for five years to erect the massive flag, said raising the pole is a significant step forward.

Crews rolled the four sections of the pole on a flatbed trailer Friday morning before beginning the intricate process of erecting the pole piece by piece. When completed, the pole will tower 45 metres high, weighing more than 5,800 kilograms. 

Two massive cranes were brought in to install the flag pole. The first section was slowly hoisted as organizers of the event looked on, smiling as their project finally took shape. 

The project has received a host of donations, including $150,000 from the federal government and another $25,000 from the city, which agreed to erect the flag pole at the Dieppe Gardens site on the waterfront.

After five years, members of the Great Canadian Flag Project committee watch as the base of the 45-metre pole is installed Friday. (Derek Spalding/CBC)

A total of $291,000 has been raised so far toward the final $355,000 goal, according to the project website.

Lowering the base of the flag pole onto its base was an intricate procedure with workers on the ground helping guide the crane. (Derek Spalding/CBC)