The Ijams Crag outdoor rock climbing area will reopen to the public Saturday after the city has agreed to temporarily take over operation and management of the popular natural rock wall while Ijams Nature Center works out a long-term insurance solution. 

Ijams closed the climbing wall in September citing changes to its liability insurance coverage that only allowed supervised climbing at the Crag. 

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The city announced the temporary agreement Friday. 

“I know it has been frustrating for local climbers to have the Crag out of commission, so I’m very happy we’re able to reopen it in time for some beautiful spring weather," Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said in a statement. “I’m grateful to the city of Knoxville for working with us to provide a short-term solution while we work toward a permanent management plan. Many local climbers devoted time and effort to building and maintaining the Crag, and we want it to be available for public use.”

All climbers will have to fill out a liability release before climbing. 

The Ijams Crag is located off the Burnett Ridge Trail in the Ross Marble section of the South Knoxville nature center.