Breckenridge troll can stay for now, town officials decide |

Breckenridge troll can stay for now, town officials decide

Children visit “Isak Heartstone,” a 15-foot wooden troll about a mile up the Wellington Trail, on Monday, Aug. 13, in Breckenridge. After some of the nearby homeowners asked for the troll to be removed, town staff are recommending that Isak Heartstone remain place this winter while staff try to better manage the heavy traffic he’s been creating.
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Breckenridge Town Council will keep the town’s hugely popular trail troll, at least for now.

Named “Isak Heartstone” by the artist who created him, the troll is about a mile up the Wellington Trail in the Wellington neighborhood. The troll has been the subject of intense coverage in the media and on social media since he came to life in August, which has only helped drive huge crowds to him and cause problems for nearby homeowners.

Weighing three options on Tuesday — including taking the troll down, relocating him or keeping Isak where he is — five Breckenridge council members favored keeping the troll in place over the other two options.

The idea is the town will work to lessen the adverse effects homeowners are seeing throughout the winter before re-evaluating the situation again this spring.

Mayor Eric Mamula and Councilwoman Erin Gigliello were in the minority Tuesday, as they stuck up for the homeowners. At the same time, other council members noted that while the troll has been a problem for those people, he’s also been enjoyed by thousands, even becoming a point of “pride” for the community.

While deciding to leave the troll in place, council members said they’d also like to have town staff look into what it might take to relocate the troll.

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