Sean Ledwich/Metro Winnipeg Werner Gerl points out the diving platform where the water will be eight feet deep when the lake is full.

The Oasis – a swimming landmark just north of Winnipeg for more than 50 years – reopens on May 1 under new ownership, but don’t grab your towel and sunblock just yet.

The 45-acre property, closed since October 2010, will be for the exclusive use of its seasonal RV campers.

The New Oasis RV & Trailer Resort will be “safe, quiet, and family-friendly,” co-owner Reno Gerl told Metro.

“I keep coming back to those, because it’s at the core of what we’re trying to achieve.”

Winnipeg-born Gerl and older brothers Hardy, Roly, and Werner bought the property last year, spending “millions of dollars to bring the facility back to life again,” he said.

About 65 of the resort’s 202 RV sites are already leased, each with a newly installed 750-gallon septic tank and 30-amp electrical service.

Before work on the “massive infrastructure project” began it took four months to clean-up “tones of debris” and old buildings left by previous residents, Gerl said.

“It looked like a tornado went through there,” said RM of Springfield fire chief Dick Vlaming, who has his own RV spot reserved already.

“They did such an unreal job cleaning it up. I couldn’t believe it…they’ve just been very positive, community-orientated people.”

Vlaming said proceeds from the resort’s beach concession, which his three daughters will operate, will furnish and maintain a three-bedroom cabin on site that will provide temporary shelter to fire victims.

The resort is on Oasis Road just north of the Floodway off Highway 59.

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