A gem of a neighborhood park, Highbanks offers trails, spots for sports and recreation, and a breathtaking vista. Recreational walkers and athletes alike can scale the flat dirt paths running along the river, miles of challenging trails, and an overlook deck on a valley full of trees and the Olentangy River. For a trip off the grid, check out Alum Creek State Park. A clean campground far enough away from the city, Alum Creek offers a beach and a getaway for boating, fishing and camping enthusiasts. For a thrill, check out the class II whitewater rafting section of Olentangy River when the Delaware Dam is releasing. A 4-mile long stretch allows the active populace to take in the cool fresh water and the Ohio scenery. For family excursions, the popular Columbus Zoo is just minutes away.
Lewis Center residents are served by the Olentangy School District, which serves most of Southern Delaware County. With over 15,000 students, Olentangy Schools consist of 15 elementary, five middle and four high schools. As a rapidly growing district, the school district continues to achieve an excellent performance rating on its District Report Cards. Lewis Center is also home to one private school, The Polaris Christian Academy.
Columbus's economy is balanced among the services, trade, government, and manufacturing sectors. State government, education, retail, banking, research and insurance have helped the city to resist recession. Home to more than 70 insurance companies, Columbus ranks among the top insurance centers in the nation. The city is the corporate headquarters for top firms such as Nationwide Insurance Enterprise, American Electric Power, Wendy's International, Huntington Bancshares, Inc., Ashland Chemical, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Bob Evans Foods Inc.