With Irishfest kicking off Friday the city of La Crosse is honoring the region's Irish culture.

The city announced plans Thursday to develop an Irish garden in the International Friendship Gardens at Riverside Park.

The new garden will represent Bantry, Ireland, one of La Crosse's sister cities. It will feature an amphitheater with seating facing the river, a large water wheel, and a stream connecting to a pond.

Developers hope the new garden will bring the community together by celebrating the area's heritage.

“There are two kinds of people, those that are Irish and those that wish they were. So this is a garden for all of us, so I think we can all appreciate it,” said Riverside International Friendship Gardens President Chuck Hanson.

The Irish garden is estimated to cost about $215,000. So far about $100,000 has been raised.