WATERVLIET — “Actually, I’ve never painted before,” confided Watervliet High School freshman Ava Selby, standing – paintbrush in hand – in Watervliet’s Flaherty Park on Friday. “It’s fun.”

With brushes and rollers, Selby and close to a dozen of her teammates on the WHS junior varsity girls volleyball team were slapping bright new paint onto the sun-faded steps that lead down from Church Street to the streamside park.