I am so impressed by Best Start and by the community members who have brought this project to the city. Diane Silva

Silva said community input will be welcome at concept design workshops in the spring and summer: “We want to put in playgrounds that come out of the minds of children in this neighborhood.”

Lue called this opportunity to be involved in the design “good news” for the community. Meanwhile, she and other Best Start members were content to take a moment at the celebration to reflect on their participation in this victory.

“One voice is never too small,” said Best Start South El Monte/El Monte member Cessy Romo. “It took one member, Yadira Lue, to get the ball rolling. It was one mom’s vision to take this park and make it better for everyone. I’m very proud to have been part of the process with the many Best Start members who were involved.”

And for that once-shy mother? What was her key takeaway from this cooperative victory?

“With unity, there is power,” Lue said. “Hopefully, all communities will unify like this and fight for the resources our communities need.”

Groundbreaking for the new park is expected in January 2019. Asked what she looks forward to most after the park is renovated in the months afterward, the mother of four said simply:

“Going to the park every day with my children.”