Max’s Place Playground opened up at Annville Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 19 – an enduring memorial to Max Schollenberger, who was tragically robbed of his life as a 12-year-old boy.

Read more: Coverage of Max Schollenberger’s story.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, a playground built in memory of Maxwell Schollenberger, was held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, at Annville Elementary School, 205 S. White Oak St., Annville.
The playground is situated on the south side of the school, where an existing play area with no equipment had previously been.

Plans for the playground were first announced in March 2022, made possible with $100,000 in state appropriations secured by the late state Senator Dave Arnold and his successor, Senator Chris Gebhard.

Dr. Krista Antonis, superintendent of Annville-Cleona School District, provides an opening address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, located at the Annville Elementary School, 205 S. White Oak St., Annville.

The playground was designed with inclusivity in mind.

“There are features associated with the playground that will provide access to the equipment for all children regardless of their mobility ability,” Annville Elementary School Principal Ross Hopple told LebTown earlier this year. “Those features include a poured rubber surface, ramps, and sensory panels.”

The playground is in Annville’s shade of red, matching other playgrounds in the district.

It was installed by River Valley Recreation, a supplier of playground equipment based in Wrightsville, York County. It is the school’s third playground.

Dr. Krista Antonis, superintendent of the Annville-Cleona School District, accepts a citation from the state House of Representatives from Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102nd), left, and Rep. Frank Ryan (R-101st) during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, located at the Annville Elementary School, 205 S. White Oak St., Annville.
Rev. Tony Fields, pastor of Christ Church United Church of Christ, leads the public in prayer during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, a playground built in memory of Maxwell Schollenberger, was held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 at Annville Elementary School.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, a playground built in memory of Maxwell Schollenberger, was held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. Funding for the playground is attributed to the support of the late state Senator Dave Arnold and the continued support from current state Senator Chris Gebhard.
Those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, a playground built in memory of Maxwell Schollenberger at the Annville Elementary School, were encouraged to blow bubbles as the ribbon was cut.
Those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, a playground built in memory of Maxwell Schollenberger at the Annville Elementary School, were encouraged to blow bubbles as the ribbon was cut.
Those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, a playground built in memory of Maxwell Schollenberger at the Annville Elementary School, were encouraged to blow bubbles as the ribbon was cut.
Immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, children were encouraged to try out all the new equipment. River Valley Landscapes, Wrightsville, assisted with the design and installation of the playground, which is located at the Annville Elementary School.
Immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, children were encouraged to try out all the new equipment. River Valley Landscapes, Wrightsville, assisted with the design and installation of the playground, which is located at the Annville Elementary School.
Immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, children were encouraged to try out all the new equipment. River Valley Landscapes, Wrightsville, assisted with the design and installation of the playground.
Immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Max’s Place, children were encouraged to try out all the new equipment. River Valley Landscapes, Wrightsville, assisted with the design and installation of the playground, which is located at the Annville Elementary School.

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