The first phase of the sailing connection between Ter Apel and Erica has recently been officially opened. This sailing connection is the missing link between the sailing areas in Germany, Drenthe, Groningen, Friesland and Overijssel.
The first phase of the project is the renovation of the connection between Ter Apel and the Veenpark in Barger-Compascuum. The channel between these villages has been renovated sufficiently to allow boats and ships to sail through. The channel has been dredged and some of the bridges and sluices were renovated.
The activities started late March 2007.