This research addresses the question on how Delfzijl can take advantage of the dykes referred to recreational activities within the next five years. In order to investigate this problem statement, the elaboration was started with the definition of research questions and secondary research. Here, brochures, websites, books and other researches were used to gather significant information about Delfzijl. Next, quantitative and qualitative research methods were used in order to collect data and information about the different stakeholders, the current situation of the municipality and the expectations of the people concerning the future. Thus, a fieldtrip was done to interview stakeholders and to distribute questionnaires to the sample. Additionally, a benchmarking was done with the German city `Nessmersiel` in order to compare and discover development possibilities. The research outcome is that Delfzijl suffers from a decreasing population number, a low level of recreational attractiveness and lack of money. Many people claim that the dyke is a significant resource that should be used for recreational developments. Hereby, developments can be done on a small budget.
|Commissioning body||Gemeente Delfzijl|
|Number of pages||61|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2012|
Gurkaya, A., Steinkellner, B., Buhlman, F., Brommer, F., Ihl, L., Mokrush, S. C., Sina, W., & Revier, H. (Ed.) (2012). The role of the dyke in recreational activities along the Wadden Sea area in vicinity of Delfzijl (Groningen). Stenden Hogeschool.